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Claude Julien addresses the Tim Thomas situation

In an offseason that’s seen minimal roster turnover, the Bruins’ biggest change of the summer was the subtraction of Tim Thomas [1], who will sit out the next season to focus on fiends, family and faith.

Speaking at the press conference to announce his contract extension, Claude Julien [2] talked about what the Bruins will be like without the two-time Vezina-winner and said he thinks the Bruins can handle it.

“We lost a guy by the name of Marc Savard [3] who led our team in scoring every year and we were able to adapt,” Julien said. “I see that as a same kind of a challenge. There’€™s no doubt, nobody’€™s going to deny what Tim’€™s done here for our hockey club over the years but we’€™ve mentioned that Tuukka [Rask] is a very capable goaltender. He’€™s got his opportunity to showcase that this year and I think when I saw [Anton] Khudobin play, whether it was training camp or whether it was when he was with us that game in Ottawa, practice, you can see a goaltender who has not only improved but has matured.

“I honestly have a lot of confidence in our goaltending and, obviously, we drafted, we’€™ve signed a few goaltenders as well. I think our depth is there. I don’€™t really see that as an issue. And that’€™s because I have the confidence in what I have in front of me right now.”

The most games Rask, who will become the No. 1 goaltender, has started in his career is 39 back in 2009-10. It will be interesting to see how he handles being a true No. 1 with a traditional backup in Khudobin after years of splitting time with Thomas. Rask’s certainly got a lot to play for, as he’s on a one-year deal that can land him a huge payday should he pick up where Thomas left off.