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The Blog: April 3rd

Tim Thomas to remain a Bruin

Friday, 04.03.2009 / 4:43 PM / Bish's Blog
By John Bishop  - BostonBruins.com
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The Blog: April 3rd
There’s no doubting Thomas
Boston Bruins goalie Tim Thomas, center, is congratulated by teammates after the Bruins defeated the Montreal Canadiens 3-2 in a shootout in an NHL hockey game in Montreal on Saturday, Nov. 22, 2008. Today, Thomas signed a mult-year extension with Boston. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press)
Boston Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli announced today that the club has signed goaltender Tim Thomas to a multi-year contract extension.

Per club policy, terms of the deal will not be disclosed. Chiarelli and Thomas will hold a press conference on Saturday, April 4 at 10:00 a.m., before their 1:00 p.m. matinee game against the New York Rangers.

Thomas - who played in his second career NHL All-Star Game this past January - is currently the league leader in both Goals Against Average (2.11) and Save Percentage (.932).

He established a new career high in wins with 33 and has helped lead the Bruins to their first 50-win season since 1992-93 …more.

Friday Practice Update
Despite the anticipation caused by the rumored Thomas signing, the focus after Friday’s practice was the upcoming matchup with the New York Rangers.

Was there any more importance to the Rangers game given the possibility of playing New York in the first round.

“And it’s probably not a bad thing, because it just keeps you sharp and motivated to play those games…they are going to come out and give everything they’ve got – they’re fighting for their lives." - Claude Julien
“It’s one of those situations where it could be a number of different teams right now,” said Julien. “We’ve got [New York on Saturday], we’ve got Montreal next week -- all possible opponents.

“And it’s probably not a bad thing, because it just keeps you sharp and motivated to play those games…they are going to come out and give everything they’ve got – they’re fighting for their lives.

“I think tomorrow you can erase the number of points [between us] in the standings and look at this like a pretty tough game to play,” he said.

Is Saturday’s contest a statement game asked one journalist?

“I know what you guys mean by it’s a statement game, but for us, again, I don’t approach my team with that kind of [thought process, beyond noting] the importance of just playing well,” said Julien. “I just need us to play well and win.”

If so?

“Then it will be a statement game,” said Julien,

50-wins (and counting?)

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Julien reiterated his thoughts about the club reaching the 50-win plateau.

“Well, it’s nice,” he said, somewhat half-heartedly. Obviously, whenever any team gets 50-wins in a season, it’s certainly been a successful year.

“But we all know that everyone thinks differently about those things. It really wont mean much if we don’t finish what we’ve started.

“I think that’s the main goal and what we are focusing on right now,” he said.

Injury report
Julien spoke about Phil Kessel: “He’s starting to skate with us and practice with us. So, again, that hasn’t changed. We’re aiming for next week. Tomorrow, he’s not going to be playing.”

And Shawn Thornton: “He’s no go for tomorrow. He’s going to skate tomorrow morning, though…he’s day-to-day and going in the right direction.

“To be honest with you, it’s a little longer than we expected , although [the injury] is not overly serious.

“But we’re at the stage right now where we can afford to give our guys a chance to get as close to 100% as possible and we’ve got enough healthy bodies around that we don’t need to push those guys.”

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