Reports: Tim Thomas on the trading block
According to various reports, including one from Daren Millard of Central Sportsnet last night, the Boston Bruins are fielding offers for reigning Vezina Trophy winner Tim Thomas.
Thomas, who has a 2.52 GAA and .915 sv%, has all but lost the starting job to 22 year old Tuukka Rask, who leads the NHL in GAA and ranks third in sv%. Rask has started the last three games for the Bruins, including a 36-save shutout of the Montreal Canadiens yesterday that snapped Boston's 10-game losing streak.
“Right now, we’re at a stage where you’ve got to go with the goalie that’s playing the best. I think right now, [Rask is] playing the best," Bruins coach Claude Julien said after yesterday's game. "We know what Tim [Thomas] can do. Tim will be there at some point. There’s no doubt. But right now, I think Tuukka’s done a pretty good job.’’
Thomas, 35, has three years left on his contract that he signed at the end of last season with a cap hit of $5mil. He also has a no-trade clause through July 1, 2012, but if the Bruins inform Thomas that Rask is the goalie of the present and the future, it is certainly plausible that Thomas would waive the NTC for a chance to start (much like J.S. Giguere).
Teams likely to be interested in Thomas include Washington and Chicago, both of which are looking to make a run at the Stanley Cup but have questions in net with Jose Theodore and Cristobal Huet, respectively.