The Bruins have been shopping veteran goalie Tim Thomas since last season, but to date, GM Peter Chiarelli has not found a suitable trading partner.
Thomas is entering the second-year of a four-year, $20 million contract. Last season, his first under his mega-deal, was unsuccessful. He struggled most of the year, played hurt, and lost the No.1 job to youngster Tuukka Rask.
"Look at some players when they get new big contracts," Chiarelli told the Boston Globe. "I think [Zdeno Chara's] first year was symbolic of that. It's a different mental dynamic. Maybe Tim went through the same thing."
The Philadelphia Flyers were among the teams intrigued by the possibility of acquiring Thomas, but the Globe reports Thomas is almost certainly going to start the 2010-11 campaign in Boston.
Thomas, who has a no-trade clause, refused to discuss the trade rumors when asked by the Globe, though numerous reports have suggested he's willing to accept a move out of town if the B's decide to pull the trigger.
"I'm not even thinking about last year anymore," Thomas told the Globe. "It's all about coming in this year in the best physical shape absolutely possible. The easy way to put it is just playing to the best of my ability. But it's not just that. I've got something to prove. To the whole world."
Meanwhile, there have been no new reports on center Marc Savard, whom the Bruins have also been shopping.