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Chiarelli: Thomas wants to play ... next season

Sunday, 01.13.2013 / 11:04 AM
2012-13 Training Camp blog
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2012-13 Training Camp blog
Chiarelli: Thomas wants to play ... next season

Goaltender Tim Thomas still intends to sit out this season, but Boston Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli said Sunday that the two-time Vezina Trophy winner told him he wants to play in 2013-14.

Chiarelli confirmed during a Sunday morning press conference at the opening of training camp that Thomas won’t attend camp or play this season, but said the 38-year-old goaltender wants to come back for next season.

Thomas is signed through the upcoming season. But he said in June via his Facebook page that he intended to sit out 2012-13 to remain with his family in Colorado. The Bruins will not have to pay Thomas, but they will have to carry his $5 million hit on their salary cap.

"We'll end up suspending him," Chiarelli said. "He will be on our cap unless I trade him."

Tuukka Rask, Thomas' backup for the past two seasons, will assume the starter's role, with rookie Anton Khudobin backing him up.

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