In the wake of the Bruins goalie's decision to not attend the team's meeting with President Barack Obama on Monday, Thomas has stirred up a firestorm of controversy that may threaten to overshadow the team's final game before heading into the All-Star break.
The Bruins released a statement on Monday stating their disappointment with Thomas over his decision, and despite their pledge to have no further comment on the issue, coach Claude Julien did indeed address the issue during the team's morning skate.
"I don't think I want to stand here and answer these questions today when we have Washington," Julien declared when asked about the issue. "Our biggest concern right now is about winning this hockey game."
How much weight is put on Thomas' actions may depend on how the B's fare on Tuesday night. If the Bruins go out and beat the Capitals handily, any worry about a distraction may quickly fall to the wayside. Then again, if the Bruins struggle, it may be a signal that their focus wasn't entirely on their opponent. And with the cameras and microphones waiting for Thomas at the All-Star game in Ottawa, we may not have heard the last of Thomas' thoughts on the matter after all.
Do you expect Thomas' absence to affect the Bruins on the ice?