After a yearlong sabbatical, former Bruins goaltender Tim Thomas is ready to return to the NHL.
Thomas’s agent, Bill Zito, announced on Twitter Monday that his client is ready to explore options for employment next season.
Thomas did not play during the lockout-shortened season in order to spend time with his family.
Thomas’s rights were traded by the Bruins to the New York Islanders in February. Even though Thomas never played for the Islanders and was suspended by the team, they decided not to toll his contract, meaning he will hit the market as an unrestricted free agent on July 5.
Thomas last suited up in the 2011-2012 season, when the Bruins’ season ended with a first-round loss to the Washington Capitals. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.