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from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,

• Hottest rumor around the All-Star break had the Ducks dishing Corey Perry to Vancouver for former Boston College goalie Cory Schneider, Mason Raymond, and the vastly overpaid Keith Ballard. Another one had the Bruins dishing Tim Thomas to Chicago. Perhaps that could be the University of Vermont special, with the Bruins sending their ex-Catamount to the Hawks for former Catamount Viktor Stalberg. (Someone tell me why Anaheim would do this deal?)

• Two team executives I spoke with last week said they would have mandated that Thomas appear at the White House with the Bruins, defining it as a team meeting. One said he would not be surprised to see the Bruins cut him free this summer in the two-week buyout period leading to July 1 free agency.


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Wings_in_NYC's avatar

If the Canucks trade for Perry, that teams DB level will be turned to 11. The least likable team in the NHL will be even more so.

Posted by Wings_in_NYC on 01/29/12 at 01:44 PM ET

MarkK's avatar

One said he would not be surprised to see the Bruins cut him free this summer in the two-week buyout period leading to July 1 free agency.

Bullcrap. I really doubt that anyone in the locker room cares that deeply about this. A few weeks from now, it will all be overshadowed by Thomas’ play. Top 5 in sv%, tied for 5th in SOs. Sure, he’s behind the Bruins and they would be fine with Rask, but he’s solid on the ice and in the locker room, and that’s what the team should care about. Does “team executive” include sanitation specialists?

Posted by MarkK from Maryland on 01/29/12 at 03:32 PM ET

Keyser S.'s avatar

Kevin Paul Dupont. It’s great you kept your maiden name, but this is a load of crap of crap writing.

Trading Corey Perry?

You must not like Thomas very much. The same goalie who won you a stanley cup. Must be that time of month for you.

Posted by Keyser S. on 01/29/12 at 03:48 PM ET

Evilpens's avatar

Libs just can’t help themselves when it comes to someone disagreeing with the one they have all been waiting for Huh?

Posted by Evilpens on 01/29/12 at 04:02 PM ET


One said he would not be surprised to see the Bruins cut him free this summer in the two-week buyout period leading to July 1 free agency.

Doubtful. Thomas is on a 35+ contract so if they bought him out the cap hit would still be his full salary.

Posted by Mattt on 01/29/12 at 04:28 PM ET


Even if Boston wanted to get rid of Thomas they sure as shit wouldn’t buy him out.

I also find it funny that “two team executives” would’ve forced him to attend, so of course one of those guys would think about buying him out, but Chiarrelli DIDN’T force Thomas to attend so obviously he doesn’t feel the same as these “executives” do.

What kind of moron is going to buy out the $5M, +35 contract of the goalie who backstopped his team to the Stanley Cup, posted the best-ever save percentage and won both the Vezina and the Conn Smythe?  Oh, and this year his GAA is a little higher than last year, but he’s not far off the record-setting save percentage of last year and he is on pace to win one fewer game than last year.

Chiarelli is not a retard.  Kevin Paul Dupont is.

Posted by Garth on 01/29/12 at 06:06 PM ET

redxblack's avatar

The only way they would buy him out is if they suggested he go, he refused and then it became some kind of passive-aggressive distraction in the locker room. I could see THAT happening. I can’t see them cutting him loose or buying him out due to a potential locker room toxicity.

And EvilPens - take your polarizing discourse elsewhere. It’s not needed here.

Posted by redxblack from Akron Ohio on 01/30/12 at 12:18 AM ET

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