Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli confirmed earlier reports that Tim Thomas is contemplating sitting out the 2012-13 season, saying the goalie expressed his potential desire to skip next season when talking to the GM in early May.
Chiarelli explained that if such a scenario unfolds, the Bruins would be forced to suspend Thomas, which would still mean the team is saddled with the goalie's $5 million salary cap number. At the end of the season, the Bruins would then have the option of either extending the contract another year, or terminating the deal.
"Tim came to me toward the beginning of May through his agent and said that he is seriously considering taking the year off. The reasons why, I'm not exactly sure. He did give reasons regarding his family, which I obviously respect, to spend more time with his family. As of right now I'm operating under the premise that there is a strong possibility that he will be taking the year off and we have to go about our business without Tim Thomas for the year. Now, what I can tell you about some of the logistics and the details surrounding what will happen at the start of the year, I would have to suspend him and his cap number would still be on the cap. We would have relief through [Marc] Savard being on the cap [a $4.0177 million hit] so it would almost be a wash that way, but he would still be on the cap. And that's the way it would proceed with the year. I know there have been some players who have long stretches in their careers, including some long playoff years, when they come to the end of their deal … These things come up and these things happen. You have to deal with it and we will."
Chiarelli said he would be exploring the possibility of a trade or waivers involving Thomas after July 1, which is when the goalie's no-movement clause expires.
"That would be something we'd look at," Chiarelli said. "We do have that flexibility."
Thomas has given not indication when his decision will be made, according to Chiarelli, although the goalie told the GM he is hoping to play in the 2014 Winter Olympics.
"I almost have to operate under the assumption that he isn't coming back," Chiarelli said. "I've had some discussions with Tim and he told me he wants to play in the Olympics the following year. I'll have some more discussions with him later on, but we have two very capable goalies in Tuukka [Rask] and [Anton] Khudobin." Chiarelli also mentioned the optimism the organization has around newly-acquired Niklas Svedberg and Adam Morrison in terms of goalie depth.
Chiarelli said there was no indication that Thomas was using the approach in attempting to negotiate a contract extension.
"I just think that all the stuff that's gone on the last couple of years, with the playing, the appearances, the fame that goes with winning, I think he's a little worn down," the GM said. "I think it's coincidental with the (no-movement) deadline because he says he still wants to play in the Olympics."
For more Bruins news, go to the team page at weei.com/bruins.
Price calls Butch to discuss the March 2nd deadline for franchise tags, free agency and the Pats' plans going forward.
Shortly after the NFLRA released its statement demanding an apology from ESPN, Jim Quirk, the NFLRA's Executive Director, joined Mut to talk about the statement
WEEI's Chris Price joins Mut to talk about his experience of being in yesterday's Patriots championship parade, and which New England free agents could return to play for the Pats next season.
Flannery joins Mut to break down the Isaiah Thomas trade to Boston and what it means for the Celtics this season and in the future. Paul also chats with Mut about the other deals that happened at the NBA's trading deadline
We talk to Chris Mannix from SI to break down the C's acquisition of Isaiah Thomas and the crazy trade deadline in the rest of the NBA.
Jessica Camerato of basketballinsiders.com joins the show to talk about Marcus Smart, the starting lineup, and trade deadline.
The one and only Rob Bradford calls Butch to discuss his early thoughts on this Red Sox team, the potential in the rotation, how the outfield will shake out and more.
David Ortiz takes a few minutes to talk with Mut, Bradford, and Tomase about some of his new teammates, who Pablo Sandoval reminds him of, and the rules aimed at speeding up the game of baseball.
Mut, Bradford, and Tomase are talking Red Sox spring training. and talk with Red Sox DH David Ortiz about the rules aimed at speeding up the pace of the game
In the second of Sunday Skate, DJ and Joe discuss the approaching NHL trade deadline and what the B's will do. They get into the Boychuk move at the beginning of the season and Boychuk's brother venting on Twitter this morning about complaining B's fans. There is more discussion on the 3rd and 4th lines, their playoff chances and then they are joined by ESPN's Scott Burnside.
Another edition of Sunday Skate is upon us and DJ and Joe get into the B's big win over Arizona last night and the improvement of Ryan Spooner. They get into the Blackhawks giving up a 1st round pick for C Antoine Vermette - someone the B's could certainly use but weren't willing to give up the steep price of a 1st rounder. DJ and Joe also get into Claude's willingness to switch up lines as well as the performance of the 3rd and 4th lines. Finally, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman sits down with the boys.
Scott Burnside joins the boys to discuss the Bruins and the NHL trade deadline.
All the latest stories brought you by Kirk Minihane.
Dino, Gerry and Kirk look at the Patriots choice not to use the franchise tag on Devin McCourty.
Dino, Gerry and Kirk kick off thier second to last day in Fort Myers by looking at the competition in center field.
Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News joins MFB to talk about his column about Darrelle Revis and the New York Jets' possible pursuit of Darrelle Revis
Tom E. Curran of Comcast SportsNet New England talks about the Patriots placing the franchise tag on Stephen Gostkowski and what is going on with Darrelle Revis' contract situation
In today's Three For All, Tim talks about Sharknado 3, Christian talks about Lakers Guard Nick Young's beef with SportsCenter Anchor Robert Flores, and Lou talks about a high school basketball team that was disqualified from the playoffs for wearing breast cancer awareness jerseys.
Michael, Mike Mutnansky and Jerry Thornton talk Bruins AFTER the trade-deadline and check in with the fans.
We examine four trade deadline day deals that helped or affected Boston teams in recent history.
Michael, Mike Mutnansky and Jerry Thornton talk Bruins before the trade-deadline and check in with the fans.
Mikey, Mut, and Lenny are joined by the Rev girls, who are revealing the New Revolution uniform Tuesday at the House of Blues in Boston and talking about the Revs.
Mikey, Lenny, and Maggie talk Red Sox baseball with Red Sox Hall of Famer Bill Lee, who is in Florida and out of the snow that's perpetually burying the area.
Mikey gets a call from Kirk Minihane, who wants to clear the air with Mikey and get everything settled. It goes better than you think.
Chris and comedian Will Noonan discuss the events of last night's Raw.
WEEI’s Scott McLaughlin previews the opening round of the Hockey East tournament with Northeastern coach Jim Madigan and Mike McMahon of College Hockey News and The Mack Report.
Dino, Gerry and Kirk talk about their time in Fort Myers and are joined by a special guest, Doug Lane.
All the latest stories brought to you by Kirk Minihane.More from this show
Schilling chatted about his decision to fight back against the Twitter trolls that targeted his daughter. Curt talks about what he would like to see happen to the most vicious trolls.More from this show
Dino, Gerry and Kirk look back at their weekend in Fort Myers. Who visited Mommy and Daddy over the weekend?More from this show
With free agency looming, Adam Schefter, on Sportscenter, said that he thinks Darrelle Revis will NOT be re-signed by the Patriots and that they will cut him instead, making him the most coveted free agent on the market.More from this show