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David Krejci on Tim Thomas: ‘No one knew what was going on in his head’

SUNRISE, Fla. — Hours before the Bruins were set to take on Tim Thomas [1] Thursday at BB&T Center, Bruins forward and alternate captain David Krejci [2] said that the team lost hold of what was going on with the two-time Vezina winner in his final season with the team, which was followed by Thomas leaving the Bruins and sitting out a year.

“At the end of his career in Boston, we all know what happened with the White House and all those things, so after that it was kind of tough to read his mind,” Krejci said. “No one knew what was going on in his head. It was kind of surprising, his decision, but you’ve got to respect it. He had his reasons. It’s his life, so I don’t want to comment on his life.”

The incident to which Krejci referred was of course the team’s trip to the White House in January of 2012 in the annual visit between the reigning Stanley Cup [3] champions and the President. The entire team was joined by former teammates such as Tomas Kaberle [4] and Shane Hnidy, but Thomas — as was his right — elected to not go for political reasons.

The team pleaded with Thomas for him to go, and though teammates tried to downplay it at the time, Krejci admitted Thursday that there was confusion among the rest of the team and that Thomas never addressed it with teammates, nor they with him.

“Obviously we were really surprised that he didn’t show up for that event,” Krejci said. “It is what it is. We didn’t talk about it in the room. It was better for our team not to talk about it, so that’s what we decided to it. It was never brought up again.”

Former Bruin Tyler Seguin [5] told the Florida Sun Sentinel this month [6] that “at the time [Thomas left], there was a little bit of a bitter taste in our mouths,” but Krejci said that he didn’t feel that way about the 2011 Conn Smythe winner.

“Not me. Some players, maybe,” Krejci said. “If Tyler said that, that’s his opinion. Everybody’s allow to have their opinion. I just took it the way it was. I never brought it up, I never really talked about his business off the ice or his plans. I was fine with him.”