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Tim Thomas considering return to NHL

07.01.13 at 6:23 pm ET

Agent Bill Zito tweeted Monday that Tim Thomas, his client, will look to see if there is an opportunity for him to play in the NHL next season.

Thomas, 39, sat out the final year of his contract to focus on “friends, family and faith” and was traded to the Islanders during the season so the Islanders could reach the cap floor with his $5 million cap hit. Even before the season started, Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli said he expected Thomas to try to play in 2013-14, and it appears that will be the case. Because the Islanders did not suspend his contract, Thomas will become an unrestricted free agent when free agency opens.

Tweeted Zito: Tim Thomas has asked me to explore possible options for next season.

In 378 career regular season NHL games, Thomas had a 196-121-45 record with a 2.48 goals-against average, a .921 save percentage and 31 shutouts. His best season came in Boston’s Stanley Cup winning season, when he set an NHL record with a .938 save percentage. He went on to post a .940 save percentage and 1.98 GAA with four shutouts in the playoffs to earn the Conn Smythe trophy.

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