Nearly five weeks has passed since the Bruins put themselves in the history books: losing Games 4-7 to the Philadelphia Flyers. But, with just over two-weeks before for the NHL Entry Draft and roughly four months to the 2010-11 NHL season, there’s a lot going on in The Hub.
Ryan Porth from Red Light District Hockey (rldhockey.net) is doing an NHL “30 in 30” feature. Today’s installment, Ryan asked me to answer five questions surrounding the Bruins—from their historical crash-and-burn, to Hall & Seguin, to some impending RFA/UFA’s.
Here’s a brief teaser:
RLD: Set the record straight… will Tim Thomas will be a Boston Bruin next season?
MM: I would be very surprised if Thomas is dealt before the 2011 calendar year. Not only is his age (36) and cap-hit ($5M) unfriendly, but he went under the knife to repair a torn labrum in his left hip late last month. His expected recovery time is three to four months, so that basically puts his trade value at next-to-nothing. He does provide solid back-up duties to Tuukka Rask and should assume that role in October. So I would expect Chiarelli and the Bruins look at the overpayment of a contract for the one-time Vezina Trophy winner, at least until March 3, 2011.