Tim Thomas’ Present Goalie Play Good for Boston Bruins’ Future

November 18th, 2010 by Chris Sanzo Leave a reply »
Tim Thomas is off to one of the best historical starts in NHL history.

He is 9-1-0 with a .960 save percentage, good for first in the league, a GAA of 1.31, which is good for second and, even more impressively, has 4 shutouts in 11 games started. His only loss had his team shut out against the Ottawa Senators, a team the Bruins typically do very well against.

Despite the many wonderful things to be said about Thomas this year, his start may be more important for the future than the present. With the acquisition of Horton, the drafting of Seguin and the long-term lockups of many of their major stars, the Bruins are looking to be setup for many playoff runs over the next decade or so, assuming the team stays together.

One piece that may need to move over however, is Thomas. His contract alone would come close to solving the problem they are having staying under the cap.

Presently, he makes $5 million a year over the next three years. This year, despite fluctuations in the actual amount, the Bruins are approximately $7 million dollars over the cap.

With a combination of a Ryder contract at $2.5 million, the Bru ...

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