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GM Responds to Thomas Talk

Monday, 06.04.2012 / 4:41 PM / Features
By John Bishop  -
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GM Responds to Thomas Talk

BOSTON – One day after goaltender Tim Thomas posted his plans on Facebook, Boston Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli said that he didn’t have any immediate update on the situation.


“I read what he said on Facebook, and it was pretty much – not verbatim – but it was pretty much what he told me,” explained Chiarelli from his office in the TD Garden on Monday afternoon. “So, no update beyond what I said last week.”

As such, the B’s next steps remain what the GM laid out last Friday.

“Going forward we’re going to operate on the assumption that he will not be playing this year,” said Chiarelli. “He hasn’t said that he’s taking the full year off, and I’m not going to try to get into Tim’s head.

“So we’ll operate as if he’s not coming back, and we’ll make decisions based on that.”

Chiarelli repeated that he has full confidence in the goaltenders that remain in the B’s pipeline – particularly Tuukka Rask and Anton Khudobin.

“I think we’ve seen Tuukka when he’s had to carry the ball and it is a big jump from number two to number one, but I have every confidence in him that he’ll be able to do that,” added the Bruins GM. “And then Anton, while his sample size isn’t huge in the NHL, the games that he’s played have been good.

“The game that he played for us has been good. He had a good year of service in the American league, and he’s chomping at the bit to get going.

“And these goalies develop a little bit later so I’m excited to see what he brings us,” he said.

But the puck just doesn’t stop there for Boston.

“Niklas Svedberg we signed, and Michael Hutchinson, and Adam Morrison are three good young goalies that will battle in Providence for positioning. Then we’ve got a couple other goalies – Lars Volden who was at the World Championships, and Zane Gothberg who was goalie of the year in the USHL which is a good league,” said Chiarelli. “So, pipeline-wise we’re fine.

“Obviously, if Tim isn’t back it’ll be Tuukka and Anton, and we’ll go with those two.”

As far as next steps with Thomas are concerned, Chiarelli wasn’t able to go into too much detail.

“You know, Tim and I talked about the options and while I can’t share all of those options with you there’s really nothing to do,” he said. “I mean, just generally speaking the options are to trade him; to suspend him until he comes back, suspend him for the year; or suspend him and then have the contract toll, which means you have it on the same terms and conditions in the subsequent year.

“I’ve really nothing after this point to do,” concluded Chiarelli. “I’ll probably have another discussion with Tim and you know we’ll see where it goes after that.

“But really - all is quiet.”




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