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Tim Thomas emerges from his bunker, waives no-movement clause

Via Spector and others on Twitter, the Boston Globe’s Fluto Shinzawa reports the following…

Tim Thomas has waived NMC. Would have expired on July 1. Teams near cap floor have inquired.

And NESN’s Naoko Funayama confirms:

Nothing definite on Tim Thomas, but he waived his NTC (which would expire July 1 anyway). Chiarelli says, “he’s being cooperative.”
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Chiarelli says a few teams have inquired about Thomas. Couple about his status for next season, couple in regards to cap floor.

Nice way to take a year off and help somebody out while getting paid, eh?

Update: From Sportsnet’s Nick Kypreos:

#SNdraft Despite Thomas waiving his no-trade allowing #Bruins to deal him he still claims it won’t changed his mind on taking time off #NHL

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What a Patriot

Posted by ScottyT from PHX on 06/22/12 at 03:36 PM ET

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Nice way to take a year off and help somebody out while getting paid, eh?

Will the free citizen still be getting paid if he sits out ? I wouldn’t think so.

Posted by mc keeper on 06/22/12 at 03:43 PM ET

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Is this not a violation of the spirit of the salary floor?  I think it’s scandalous.

Posted by scottytooshotty on 06/22/12 at 03:44 PM ET

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Or someone trades for him and he retires which will be a cap hit on the books but I’m not sure if he’d get paid under current CBA or not.

Posted by phillyd from Southern New Jersey on 06/22/12 at 03:46 PM ET

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Thomas won’t get paid next year.

If he takes the year off, the team that has him will suspend him for failure to report.

They’ll still have to carry his cap hit (and teams near the cap floor will love that), but any team would be stupid to not suspend him and actually pay out the money if he’s sitting out.

Posted by Dan on 06/22/12 at 03:47 PM ET

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Is this not a violation of the spirit of the salary floor?  I think it’s scandalous.

I agree, it shouldn’t be allowed. It’s free money to the bottom market teams.

But the rules is the rules until they ain’t the rules. I imagine this will get looked at with the next CBA. There’s an Avery rule on the ice and there will be a Thomas rule in the front office.

To steal a line from Jeff Foxworthy, the patriarch of low-brow comedy, If you have an NHL rule named after you, you’re probably a dbag.

Posted by awould on 06/22/12 at 03:55 PM ET

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He’s over 35, so even f he’s suspended, the Free Citizen gets paid, presumably in dummy gold coins from Goldline. raspberry

It’s a stupid rule but it is what it is…you can keep guys you suspend on your roster to milk their cap hit or you can send guys on 1-way deals to the AHL, Europe, Siberia or Mars to bury their cap hits. I would imagine that this might change under the new CBA, but for now…

Timmy’s gonna have a good old time in his bunker and get paid for it.

(and no, I don’t give a shit about his political beliefs…I give a shit about him being crazy)

Posted by George Malik from South Lyon, MI on 06/22/12 at 04:05 PM ET

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It’s free money to the bottom market teams.

Just as much as Christian Ehrhoff’s $10M salary and $4M cap hit is free space to spend more money for teams who can afford it.

Posted by J.J. from Kansas on 06/22/12 at 04:06 PM ET

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i love how much people hate this guy.  Mainly liberals.

Go Timmy!

Posted by gretzky_to_lemieux on 06/22/12 at 04:07 PM ET

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Sorry, but you guys are wrong.

There’s a difference between the cap hit counting (because its an over 35 deal) and the player actually getting paid.

An over 35 contract simply means that the team carries the cap hit, no matter what happens. It does NOT mean that the player gets paid no matter what happens.

Thomas doesn’t get dollars if he doesn’t play. Period.

But whatever team has his contract will carry a $5 million cap hit, while not paying out any dollars, unless Thomas decides to play. Period.

Posted by Dan on 06/22/12 at 04:08 PM ET

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A few things here:

1) Dan’s exactly correct.  The cap hit counts, but if he doesn’t report he’s suspended for failure to report and he isn’t paid.  This is why teams near the cap floor are inquiring about him.  It’s also why Malakhov was moved for a #1.  That there are semi-truck sized loopholes in this CBA shouldn’t be a surprise.  Just like the existences of same but different loopholes in the next shouldn’t be either.

2) A crazy goalie?  No way.  I suppose there had to be one eventually, but given how steady and normal all the other people who have played the position are, it’s just shocking.

3) Suck on it if you don’t like his political position.  He is neither the first nor the last guy to dislike either the current President or the ones before him, and express that dislike in a fashion that’s passive aggressive..  Unless you were out there scolding people for calling Bush Hitler and what not or when they were slagging Clinton for not keeping his pants up, now’s a little late to arrive at that particular party, if you know what I mean.  Civility isn’t civility when you only complain when it’s not applied to your guy. wink

Posted by HockeyinHD on 06/22/12 at 04:33 PM ET

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Civility isn’t civility when you only complain when it’s not applied to your guy.

But it’s more fun and requires less thinking!

Posted by awould on 06/22/12 at 04:40 PM ET

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Either way the whole situation is odd. In a way it’s a blessing for the Bruins to see if Rask is the guy or not. Thomas was shake down the stretch but fans in Boston are usually loyal. They supported hm right through the playoffs. It just seems odd to go off the grid. Is it just me.?


Tony

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Posted by Tony from Boston on 06/22/12 at 04:48 PM ET

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Yep, Thomas does not earn a dime for himself and a cap floor team uses basically the mirror-image loophole that cap ceiling teams (including Detroit) have been using since they figured it out.

The first organization (NHL or NHLPA) to register a complaint about how this violates the spirit of the CBA gets a Purple Heart for shooting themselves in the foot in the PR department during the upcoming CBA war.

Fix the way cap hits are calculated quietly, but publicly complaining about a financially struggling team not spending enough money is not a smart move.

Posted by J.J. from Kansas on 06/22/12 at 04:48 PM ET

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2) A crazy goalie?  No way.  I suppose there had to be one eventually, but given how steady and normal all the other people who have played the position are, it’s just shocking.

This.  He performs well on the ice, who cares about his politics or if he wants to hob-nob with the President.  I doubt he’s the first player to skip the White House visit.

Posted by HockeyFanOhio from Central Ohio on 06/22/12 at 05:10 PM ET

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(and no, I don’t give a shit about his political beliefs…I give a shit about him being crazy)

Posted by George Malik from South Lyon, MI on 06/22/12 at 03:05 PM ET

This.

I like how we have people finger-pointing at “liberals” without actually knowing a damn thing about the beliefs of those of us that think Thomas is acting crazy.

What makes him crazy is that none of his decisions, at least as he’s outwardly explained them, are rational. Now, look, he doesn’t owe anyone an explanation. But as a guy that has made his living being in the public eye, while he doesn’t owe an explanation, it’s fair game for people to criticize his decision based on pretty much anything, since he’s unable or unwilling to make a rational explanation for his decision.

I’ve got no problem with him skipping a White House visit or even expressing his disappointment with the current president. I don’t have a problem with his belief that a global economic meltdown is on the way. What makes him crazy is that his explanation for taking time off (this impending economic doom) should be the very reason that he’d want to stay on the ice making as much cash as possible, and then take that cash and convert it into some primary economy asset that will be valuable when said impending doom takes over and all world currencies become meaningless.

Posted by Nathan from the scoresheet! on 06/22/12 at 05:51 PM ET

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