Tim Thomas Waives No-Trade Clause, Could Give Bruins Chance to Dump Goalie’s Contract


June 22, 2012

Tim Thomas Waives No-Trade Clause, Could Give Bruins Chance to Dump Goalie's ContractThe Bruins have been pretty busy in regards to the NHL draft the past couple of seasons. With the first-round picks they acquired from Toronto all used up, however, it looked like this year's draft would be a relatively quiet experience, at least relatively speaking.

It sounds like that may not be the case, thanks in large part to Tim Thomas.

Thomas, who planned to sit out the entire season, has waived his no-trade clause, Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli told reporters at the draft in Pittsburgh. According to NESN's Naoko Funayama, a few teams have already asked about Thomas.

The timing is interesting, to say the least. Thomas' no-movement clause would have expired on July 1 regardless. However, with Thomas waiving the clause before the end of the month, it now at least opens up the possibility that the Bruins could actually move Thomas and his $5 million cap hit.

Of course, no team will work with the Bruins on a deal until they know for sure that Thomas is willing to play this season. That would require a change of heart from Thomas. However, Sportsnet's Nick Kypreos tweeted shortly thereafter that Thomas is still content on sitting this season out.

Another possibility, perhaps the more likely outcome, is that a team that needs to get to the league's cap floor could technically deal for Thomas' $5 million cap hit, knowing that the goalie was going to sit out. That's also somewhat complicated, however, with the league's collective bargaining agreement set to expire in a few months.

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