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.