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June 3, 2012 | 9:51am ET
Thomas fuels sabbatical rumors
TheFourthPeriod.com

Bruins goalie Tim Thomas didn't do himself any favors after posting a comment on his Facebook page that hinted to his current mindset when it comes to playing professional hockey.

Thomas' comments seem to be in connection to the ongoing rumors of him taking the 2012-13 NHL season off.

As discussed during a segment of CBC's Hot Stove during Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final between the New Jersey Devils and Los Angeles Kings on Saturday night, the 38-year-old surprised the club in May, advising management of the possibility of sitting out next season due to family reasons.

Though Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli stated that he would respect his netminder's decision, the bold move would mean Thomas won't be available to the team, especially if management was planning to move the veteran goalie once his no-trade clause lifts on July 1.

Thomas used his Facebook page to hint at his situation, posting a link to a "The Blaze" article discussing the potential "biggest economic shock the world has ever seen."

Along with the link, Thomas commented: "See why hockey is just not that important right now?"

The starting goaltender has one-year left on his deal at a $5 million cap hit, which would still count against the Bruins' salary cap next season. His actual salary is $3 million.

In 59 regular-season games with the Bruins, Thomas registered a .920 save percentage and 2.36 goals-against-average.

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