June 1, 2012

Chiarelli confirms Thomas considering hiatus from hockey

By Jesse Connolly

In a conference call originally intended to discuss new deals for forwards Dan Paille and Chris Bourque (Topsfield, Mass.), Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli spent majority of his time on the horn with the media discussing one of his goaltenders. 

The GM confirmed that there was truth to the rumors that Tim Thomas might take a year off, as Chiarelli said that the 38-year-old netminder said in the middle of May that he was considering doing so.

Chiarelli indicated on multiple occasions that the decision would be for family reasons, and that Thomas stated in his exit interviews that he was highly fatigued after an arduous calendar year.

Here are the other Cliff Notes from the call:

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