April 16, 2012; Washington, DC, USA; Boston Bruins goalie Tim Thomas (30) follows the puck against the Washington Capitals during the second period of game three of the 2012 Eastern Conference quarterfinals at Verizon Center. The Bruins won 4-3. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Tim Thomas Is Pondering a Return to the NHL

One of the best goal-tenders in recent memory could be returning after a season-long hiatus.

Former Bruins goalie Tim Thomas announced, through his agent, on Monday, that he would be exploring “possible options for next season”. This news comes on the heels of Thomas sitting out the entirety of the 2012-2013 season, and his suspension from the Islanders after a controversial trade that removed him from the Boston Bruins.

Thomas was embroiled in a scandal surrounding his refusal to attend the White House visit with the Bruins after they won the Stanley Cup, and ever since that event, it’s been a whirlwind for Thomas. Thomas took the season off after announcing that he wouldn’t play on account of spending more time with his family, but the timing was already curious in the midst of his White House turmoil.

Thomas will become a free agent on July 5th, after New York renounced his rights, and there will surely be interest in the 39-year-old, two-time Vezina trophy winner, especially when he was last seen in dominant form. There are numerous teams that could use goal-tending help, and Thomas seems poised to make a triumphant return.

In the end, it could be much ado about nothing, but for the moment, the free agent market in the NHL just became a lot more interesting.

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