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January 6, 2013 | 4:37pm ET
Thomas won't return to Bruins
TheFourthPeriod.com

Even with today's good news that a new CBA has been reached and the season has been saved, Tim Thomas won't be returning to the Boston Bruins.

In June, Thomas revealed that he would be sitting out the 2012-13 season for personal reasons.

"At the age of 38, I believe it is time to put my time and energies into those areas and relationships that I have neglected," Thomas said at the time on his Facebook page. "That is why at this time I feel the most important thing I can do in my life is to reconnect with the three F's. Friends, Family, and Faith."

It seemed Thomas picked a good time to take a leave of absence, given the state of the NHL. But with the lockout now over, he still hasn't changed him mind, according to TSN's Bob McKenzie.

"Tim Thomas is not interested in ending his self-imposed hockey exile," McKenzie posted on his Twitter account.

"Said to be content/happy living with his family in Colorado, Thomas not interested in fulfilling final contract yr with BOS/any other team."

Thomas, the 2011 Vezina Trophy winner and Playoff MVP, will forfeit his $3 million salary, as the Bruins will officially suspend him without pay once the season gets going, while his $5 million salary cap hit will count against the Bruins' cap.


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