Prague, Czech Republic --
Boston Bruins goaltender Tim Thomas
is slated to get tonight's exhibition start against Liberec.
Thomas, who is recovering from off season hip surgery, looks to have turned a page and instead of the familiar Black & Gold gear he has worn since beginning with the B's, Tim is sporting all white equipment accented with various designs that look like bear scratch marks.
"Yeah, you now, I’ve been told for years that white makes you look bigger," said Thomas. "So my equipment, a lot of it is mostly white now, and hopefully I look bigger than ever."
If he's anything like the traveling media corps (not likely), that won't be that hard.
There isn't exactly a dearth of food here in Prague and most everyone has partaken of the fine cuisine. And, of course, in and around the many places to have a bite, there is some world class architecture and historical sites.
"Yeah, I did [get out]," said Thomas on Monday. "You know, I got down to the square, saw the astronomical clock and learned a little bit of the history.
"It’s beautiful down there."
Tim has played all over the world and said that Prague doesn't disappoint.
"It’s unique," said Tim. "I liked it a lot.
"Granted we’ve only been here one day, but the feeling you get down in that square, it brings you back to Medieval Ages or something.
"The closest thing that I’ve seen that I can remember is Gamla Stan Olde Towne in Stockholm.
"It reminds me a bit of that."
And, like David Krejci
and Zdeno Chara
, Tim has his own cheering section here in the Czech Republic, which includes the family of his roommate/teammate from the University of Vermont, Pavel Navrat.
"Yeah, I have some Czech friends, and they gave me a little bit of a guided tour [Sunday] night," he said.
As the preseason wanes, Thomas also said that, hockey-wise, things were going well for him.
"I feel pretty good," said Tim. "It’s a building process and it’s coming along.
"You know, I'm trying to make gains every day. And you may not get that every day, but if you get that a majority of the days, then you're doing a pretty good job.
"I think that’s what I’m accomplishing."