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Tim Thomas expects to retire following current deal

09.15.10 at 12:33 pm ET
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WILMINGTON — Bruins goaltender Tim Thomas indicated Wednesday at captain’s practice that he sees himself retiring after his current deal expires. Thomas, 36, is entering the second season of a 4-year, $20 million contract signed following his Vezina season in 2008-09 season.

“If I had to speculate right now, I’d say odds are probably yeah,” Thomas told WEEI.com’s Rob Bradford, while also adding that how he recovers from offseason hip surgery will go a long way in determining whether he attempts to play into his 40′s. Thomas will turn 39 in the last year of his deal.

“It all depends. I just had a major hip surgery. If I’m fortunate the next three years and I don’t have any other injuries, it makes it easier to play another year or two,” Thomas said. “If I happen to have injuries … it’s never easy if you want to be able to walk by the time you’re done.”

Thomas is shooting to be 100 percent by the time the team opens the season on October 9 in Prague. In parts of six seasons, Thomas has compiled a 126-91 record with a 2.61 goals against average and a .918 save percentage.

Rob Bradford contributed to this report.

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