Originally written January 30, 2012 on Race Review Online:
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Rumors have been swirling out of control surronding Boston Bruins' netminder Tim Thomas about possible trades.  According to tsn.com, when Boston Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli was asked about trading his star goaltender, he simply answered: "Not trading him." Rumors surronding Thomas are ridiculous. When Boston Bruins netminder Tim Thomas decided to skip the Bruins trip to the White House, some believe he punched his ticket out of Boston. With backup Tuukka Rask (yes world, it is spelled T-u-u-k-k-a) ready to assume number one goalie responsibilites, letting the two time Vezina winner walk is within the realm of possibility for general manager Peter Chiarelli.   However, it would be unwise for the Bruins to part ways with the reigning Conn Symthe winner. Although Thomas is rumored to have a lone ranger mentality, draining the black and gold color from his helmet and pads amid trade rumors after an injury riddled 2008-2009 season. It is this "me against the world" mentality that makes Thomas such an effective goaltender. Despite the mentality of Thomas, he is far from a cancer in the locker room and does not make him a bad teammate. There is no need for Chiarelli to make a move and ship his star netminder off.  Moving Tim Thomas would be a terrible move for the Boston Bruins. Right now the Bruins are in great position to become the first team to repeat as Stanley Cup Champions since the 1997-1998 Detroit Red Wings. The only move the Bruins should even consider making is adding defensive depth and possibly replacing turnover machine Joe Corvo.  If the Bruins are looking to add pieces at the deadline, a prospect such as Zach Hamill could be a valuable trade piece.  Has everyone forget the miraculous season Thomas had last season, setting multiple NHL records? Tim Thomas gives the Boston Bruins a chance to win every night.  He wins you games even when the Bruins are not the most talented team, as evidenced by the Stanley Cup Finals win last season. Top to bottom, the Canucks were a more talented team on offense and defense.  It was Tim Thomas that stole a Stanley Cup for Boston. It is imperative that the Bruins keep Tim Thomas for the remainder of his contract unless someone approaches Chiarelli with an offer he can not refuse.  With a healthy Tim Thomas, it is difficult to pick against the Bruins in any postseason matchup. Although there is no doubt Tuukka Rask is capable of taking this Boston Bruins squad to a Stanley Cup Championship, the incident in which Tim Thomas expressed his right to free speech is no reason to push the panic button and ship Tim Thomas off this season or even in the offseason.  As long as Tim Thomas is a world class netminder he should remain a Boston Bruin.  Although Tim Thomas is approaching the end of his career at the age of 37, he still competes at an elite level and should be in the "Spoked B" as long as he remains at this level.  It would be unwise for the Bruins to part ways with Thomas at the deadline or during the offseason. 
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