Tim Thomas Confirms Plan To Take Year Off From NHL

Tim Thomas confirmed via Facebook that he plans to take a year off from hockey to focus on "friends, family, and faith."

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Tim Thomas Waives No Trade Clause, Could Be Dealt To Save Bruins Cap Space

Tim Thomas doesn't plan on playing hockey in the 2012-13 season, but that doesn't mean he won't be involved in a hockey transaction. The Boston Bruins would like to get Thomas off of their cap, and he opened up the possibility for them to do that by waiving his no-trade clause on Thursday.

It makes sense that Thomas would be willing to waive the no-trade clause, considering that he doesn't plan on playing hockey anywhere. If he's not going to play, there's not any reason why it should matter to him who holds his rights this season. It's also the least he can do to his soon to be former employer, who he's sticking with a cap hit. He's due $3 million in salary this upcoming season, and he's worth $5 million against the cap, which could make him somewhat valuable to a team that is going to be right around the salary cap floor.

For more on the Bruins, check in with Stanley Cup of Chowder and SB Nation Boston.

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Tim Thomas Puts Self Ahead Of Sport ... Again

By deciding to take a year off from hockey, Tim Thomas has again put himself ahead of the sport and ahead of his team.

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Tim Thomas Leaves Bruins To Focus On 'Friends, Family And Faith'

Boston Bruins' goaltender Tim Thomas posted a message to his Facebook page indicating that he plans to spend the next year focusing on "Friends, Family, and Faith." Reports surfaced this week citing Bruins' GM Peter Chiarelli, who indicated that Thomas was seriously considering not playing in the NHL next season, and this latest message would confirm that:

From the earliest age I can remember, I've wanted to be a hockey player. I've been blessed in my life to not only be able to live that dream, but to achieve more than I ever thought possible.

The singleminded focus that is necessary to accomplish a dream of this magnitude entails (by necessity) sacrifice in other areas and relationships in life.

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. 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.

This is what I plan on doing over the course of the next year.

Thomas had an active weekend on Facebook, posting links that reinforced (in his mind) why hockey isn't that important right now.

For more on the Bruins, check in with Stanley Cup of Chowder and SB Nation Boston.

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Tim Thomas 'Seriously Considering' Taking Year Off From Hockey

Tim Thomas has told the Boston Bruins he's considering taking a year off from hockey.

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