It appears as if Ilya Bryzgalov isn't the only NHL goaltender who enjoys his time for reflection. The Bruins' Tim Thomas announced via Facebook earlier today, that he will indeed take off the entire season next year.
Thomas, who has one year remaining on his four-year, $20 million contract, will still count against Boston's salary cap for 2013, tagging them with a $3 million cap hit.
Not only is Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli hit with the daunting task of figuring out a way to disperse of Thomas' salary, but, he also now is forced to muster up some sort of scenario where he regains the leverage with Tuukka Rask's camp.
Rask, who has been the heir-apparent to take over the full-time duty between the pipes, once the 38-year old Thomas and Bruins eventually parted ways, is set to become a restricted free agent this coming offseason.
The 25-year old Rask just finished the final year of a two-year, $2.5 million contract--a contract which will be far, far more lucrative once he inks his new deal.
Chiarelli and the Bruins knew that the eventual day of the Thomas era coming to an end would loom in the near future, but having it abruptly terminate as has unfolded today, well now this is something a GM can't plan for.
While Thomas now has plenty of time to reconnect with this three F's, the Bruins must scramble to connect with a solution for their netminding needs.