Originally written on New England Sports React  |  Last updated 11/19/14
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Thomas confirmed on his Facebook page that he will sit out next season.

It’s all but official now.  Tim Thomas will not be in a Bruins uniform next season, or any uniform for that matter.  He confirmed through his Facebook page the he will sit out next season to “reconnect with friends, family, and faith.”  This leaves a lot of pressure on Tuukka Rask to come in and play well.  He isn’t even signed by the team yet, however.  Thomas will be a loss, but the Bruins have adequate people to fill the role.

One possible reason for this decision could be that he knew he was going to be traded, as soon as his no trade clause in his contract expires on July 1.  A report in the local papers disclosed the fact that the Bruins had Thomas all but traded to the Chicago Blackhawks for superstar forward Patrick Kane.  Some speculate that he learned of this and made this decision so he would not be traded.  Timmy is a good goalie, but I would certainly rather have Patrick Kane, especially on a team that struggles to score goals.  I really hope that Thomas didn’t do this just so he would stay in Boston because if he did, he screwed the organization for himself.

- Jonathan Duncan

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