Bruins goalie Tim Thomas has posted a message on his Facebook page about his plans for the next year that confirms reports last week he was planning to take next season off.
Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli said last week that Thomas expressed that possibility to the team through his agent.
On Sunday, Thomas posted the following on his Facebook page:
From the earliest age I can remember, I've wanted to be a hockey player. I've been blessed in my life to not only be able to live that dream, but to achieve more than I ever thought possible.
The singleminded focus that is necessary to ac...complish a dream of this magnitude entails (by necessity) sacrifice in other areas and relationships in life.
At the age of 38, I believe it is time to put my time and energies into those areas and relationships that I have neglected. That is why at this time I feel the most important thing I can do in my life is to reconnect with the three F's.
Friends, Family, and Faith.
This is what I plan on doing over the course of the next year.
On top of this, I will continue to train using the ARP/POV system www.ultrafitevosport.com and work with G-Form www.g-form.com in the development of protective equipment.
What does this portend for the future?
We'll see….God's will be done.
Thomas, who won the Vezina Trophy as the NHL's best goaltender in 2009 and 2011, led the Bruins to the Stanley Cup in 2011. He has played in 378 games for the Bruins and has a 196-121 record with a .921 career save percentage and 2.48 career goals-against average.
The news means Tuukka Rask will likely become the Bruins' starting goalie next season. However, Chiarelli said last week that the Bruins would still have to carry Thomas's $5 million salary cap hit next season if the goalie did not play. Thomas has one year remaining on a four-year, $20 million contract.
“These things happen. You’ve got to roll with them," Chiarelli said last week. "You’ve got to deal with them. When someone talks about their family, you have to respect that. You’ve got to deal with it. We’re not too disabled on the cap side. But sure, that’s the strength of our team.”