The Boston Bruins will be facing quite the different offseason this Summer than they did a year ago, after hoisting the Stanley Cup and celebrating up and down the streets in Beantown. This year, they suffered an early elimination at the hands of the Washington Capitals in the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Now, they are preparing to move on from Tim Thomas, who has been their stopper in the net for the past four or five seasons.
But it is not like a usual departure for the Boston netminder. Thomas is not leaving via free agency, nor is he retiring. As of now, he says he plans on taking a year off from the game. But at 38-years-old, one has to truly wonder whether or not Thomas will decide to come back after taking off a full season from the NHL. While a handful have done it before, Thomas may not feel a need to return to the game. He has won a Stanley Cup and became the oldest ever to win a Conn Smythe award last postseason.