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January 26, 2012 | 10:41am ET
Consequences to Thomas' actions?

According to the Boston Globe, the decision by Bruins goaltender Tim Thomas not to accompany the rest of the team to the White House on Monday may be the first step towards the club and its Conn Smythe Trophy winner eventually parting ways.

Although GM Peter Chiarelli and Cam Neely have admitted their disappointment in Thomas' decision to turn down the invitation, coach Claude Julien does not believe it will affect the dynamic of the group.

"I think our group is all mature enough to look past that," Julien told the Globe. "Our group was very proud, honored, and privileged to have gone to the White House. We don't mix politics with hockey. In this dressing room here, our job is to win hockey games and win hockey games as a team. That's what we are."

Thomas' no-movement clause expires at the end of the season, and with the emergence of back-up Tuukka Rask, the Globe thinks the veteran netminder could bring a strong return on the trade market.

Rask is set to become a restricted free agent this summer and is expected to be ready to assume the starting job next season.

However, two team sources judge that Thomas's choice won't have a negative effect inside the locker room and could have little impact on future contract negotiations.

In 31 games with the Bruins this season, Thomas has registered a .933 save percentage and 2.12 goals-against-average.

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