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Report: Tim Thomas considering taking next season off

According to Pierre LeBrun of ESPN.com, Bruins goaltender Tim Thomas [1] is considering not playing next season. Writes LeBrun [2]:

A source told ESPN.com on Thursday that the 38-year-old Boston Bruins [3] netminder was contemplating taking next season off. Which doesn’€™t mean he will, but it’€™s something he’€™s apparently raised.

For Thomas to take the year off certainly would be strange. He has one year remaining on his contract at a $5 million cap hit but only a $3 million salary. His no-trade clause expires on July 1, meaning the Bruins could trade the goalie without his consent.

The biggest reason a sabbatical at this point in his career would be perplexing: At 38 years old, Thomas isn’t getting younger, and taking a season off would diminish his value.