NHL Trade Rumors: Tim Thomas’ Extra Baggage Not Worth Financial Advantage

August 2nd, 2012 by Sam R. Quinn Leave a reply »
Tim Thomas is a Stanley Cup-winning goalie, Vezina Trophy winner and a Conn Smythe Trophy recipient. He has all the requisite skills to remain an NHL-caliber goalie, but he has chosen to retire from the game—or at least take a one-year hiatus from his spot between the pipes.

Despite his decision to take some time off to remain with his family, Thomas is still the topic of trade conversations. According to the Boston Herald, general manager Peter Chiarelli had this to say regarding Thomas' value:

I've had a couple of teams, more than a couple (ask about Thomas deals)[...]I've had a category of teams that are inquiring about acquiring him for the cap floor. And I've had a category of teams who inquired about, is he coming back? If you look at it, that would be a $5 million cap hit that a team doesn't have to pay. So yes, on that basis, I think there would be interest.

While Thomas would be an intelligent financial move for small-market teams, his propensity to publicly make his opinions known would be more trouble that it is worth.

Thomas' transgressions all started with his public display of displeasure with the US government.
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