Yesterday was a day of strange news for Tim Thomas and the Boston Bruins. It started with the news from Joe Haggerty of Comcast New England that Thomas packed up his things, rounded up the family and moved out to Colorado in the middle of last year’s season.
Then hours later TSN in Canada was reporting that Thomas is considering sitting out the entire 2012-13 National Hockey season, that is of course there is one as the current CBA is set to expire in September.
This past season has certainly been an odd one for Thomas and the Bruins, and yesterday’s news only adds to it
Sources have said that Thomas decided to make the move out to Colorado so that when he retires he can be involved with the Team USA hockey program that is based out of Colorado Springs Colorado. But to just get up and leave in the middle of a season is just plain out odd; maybe fishy is a better term to use.
If Thomas does decide to sit out the upcoming season, Thomas’ cap hit of $5 Million stays on the books and goes against the Bruins, something that won’t please many people in the Bruins organization.
The Thomas trade rumors have heated up since Joel Ward snuck one past Thomas in overtime of Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals against the Washington Capitals. Thomas’ no trade clause expires on July 1, and my gut feeling is that Thomas is doing this as a scare tactic in hopes of regaining some leverage in regards to where he is traded to if the Bruins decide to go down that road.
Bruins sign Daniel Paille to extension
This Bruins this morning announced that they have come to terms with fourth-line forward Daniel Paille on a three-extension that will pay the 28-year old $1.3 Million in each of those 3 seasons. Pallie has played for the Bruins in three seasons tallying 25 goals and 22 assists in 186 regular season contests.
Pallie is a key member of the Bruins fourth line, and one of the Bruins top forwards on the penalty kill.
I have no issues with the $1.3 Million annual cap hit, but I am not crazy about the three years given to Paille.
As expected Bourque signs with Bruins
Along with the Pallie extension, the Bruins announced they have reached a two-year contract with newly acquired forward Chris Bourque. Bourque, the son of Bruins Hall of Famer Ray, was acquired by the Bruins on May 26, in exchange for former first rounder Zach Hamill.
Bourque has appeared in 33 NHL games as a member of the Washington Capitals, and Pittsburgh Penguins. In those 33 games Bourque has scored once and added two assists. Last season Bourque appeared in 73 games for the Hershey Bears of the American Hockey League where he led the entire AHL in scoring with 27 goals, 66 assists and 93 points.
The Bourque signing is no doubt a good one for both sides as Bourque will enter camp battling for a roster spot with guys like Jordan Caron, Ryan Spooner and Jared Knight.
Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli and Daniel Paille are set to meet with the media around 3:00 p.m. for a conference call, be sure to check back in with Bruins Daily later on for updates.