Tim Thomas, who underwent surgery to repair a torn labrum in his left hip on May 21, said he's ahead of schedule as he continues his rehabilitation.
"It's going really well," Thomas said. "It's actually gone exceptionally well, right from the start, which has been a good thing. We're ramping it up and ramping up the workouts. I think everything would be considered right on track, if not a little bit ahead."
Next Friday will mark 12 weeks since the procedure. Doctors have told him not to butterfly until the 12-week point. Thomas, however, doesn't usually start skating until September, so he might not hit the ice at all this month. Thomas said he'll be ready for the start of training camp.
* Thomas wasn't willing to note the injury as a reason why his play slipped last year. "You can't say. Everybody's got injuries all the time," Thomas said. "There's no use even speculating. I can do it for myself. But definitely publicly, I wouldn't even want to speculate."
* During the draft in Los Angeles, when the Bruins were shopping Thomas, a team source said he had waived his no-trade clause. Not true, said Thomas. "There's so much misinformation out there that to go back and start correcting everything would be crazy," Thomas said. "Which is why I don't pay attention, not even in my own case, to much else that's said. It's interesting to read articles on TSN or whatever. You think you're keeping up on what's going on. But being at least somewhat in the inner loop, you realize that 75 percent of what's being written is wrong. Basically, it's more of an entertainment value to me than to think through the consequences of what's in the media." Thomas expects to start the season with the Bruins.
* While Thomas has three years remaining on his deal ($5 million annual cap hit), other goalies have been signing inexpensive contracts as teams follow the Detroit model of allocating their dollars toward skaters. "It goes in cycles, I guess, where D are worth more than forwards and more than goalies," Thomas said of the movement. "I guess there's a lot of goaltending, which is driving the market down for goaltending. That's one way to look at it. Chicago won a Cup with a goalie they hardly had to pay. Philly was in the final with a goalie who wasn't getting paid very much. So that's the pattern they'll take until someone else proves them wrong. The next time a goalie wins a Stanley Cup, they'll say, 'Oh, you've got to have that goalie. If you have to pay for him, so what? You've got to have that goalie to win the Cup.' At this particular juncture, especially with the salary cap, it seems like the goalies are next in line for the pay cuts. First it was the fourth-liners. Then it was the third-liners. Now it's the goalies. [Teams] have to. Certain guys are going to get their money, no matter what. Then you've got to try to fit everyone else under the cap. There's really not much leeway."
You can read more about Thomas in Sunday's Globe.