Morning Free Association: Tim Thomas

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Remember back in the Stanley Cup Final, Game One when it was rumored that Tim Thomas was going to be a banner captain? That he was going to leave his new bunker in Idaho and wave a flag for the adoring fans in Boston? Well, that never happened. And now we know why.

In a recent announcement, Tim Thomas along with other US hockey notables will be inducted into the United States Hockey Hall of Fame. He took a conference call with reporters to talk about how he’s doing and what his relationship with the game is now. That relationship with the game is non-existent.

“Everybody probably knows nowadays I don’t actually have all that much to say, at least publicly,” Thomas said on a conference call with reporters. “Obviously I’ve decided to keep what I’ve been doing with my life and learning to myself at this point, for sure, and probably forever.”

“With the state of my nervous system since I retired, I wouldn’t be able to hardly handle the energy of the crowd in Boston,” Thomas said. “So it isn’t as simple as it may seem. Having said that, you never know what the future may hold. I’m just taking life as it goes.”

Thomas revealed that his daughter this week landed an internship with the Bruins and emphasized she earned it. Asked about that being a gateway to getting him back involved in the game, the 45-year-old said he highly doubts that will happen.

“I just don’t see it,” Thomas said. “I have other interests. I have a totally other focus. I live in a totally different world than the hockey world that I lived in before. I live a long ways away from Boston, and it’s not that fun for me to travel anymore. It isn’t anything to do with the Boston Bruins or the Boston fans, especially. My goodness, they loved the crap out of me when I was there to the point where it was hard to handle.”

“I don’t personally have any relationship with the game,” he said. “My focus and mind is on learning about other stuff. I learned so much about hockey and that area. I feel like I’ve learned as much as I needed to learn about it. My focus is on learning about other stuff.”

I knew that he was trying alternative therapies to treat his symptoms of vertigo from post-concussion syndrome but it also makes me wonder if he has a much more pervasive degenerative neurological disorder, which he would have every right to keep private because, frankly, it’s none of our business.

Hey, let’s hope he’s living the best life he can live.

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Satan 81's Sister
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Satan 81's Sister

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BagelBruin
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BagelBruin

THIS IS GREAT

Quaider4ever
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Quaider4ever

Hey All!,
My vote for best/ worst banner captain…. Jim Stewart. Jim played one period in goal in the vaunted ’79-80 season. He gave up 5 goals on 9 shots, was pulled by Harry Sinden and never heard from again. He played a smattering of games over the next couple seasons in the AHL, EHL, CHL, IHL, and even the ACHL. His wife has publically denounced Harry ad a bum, who never gave hubby a fair shake.
Tomorrow, tomorrow…

Satan 81's Sister
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Satan 81's Sister

Speaking of banner captains, I really wanted this to actually happen:

IntentionallyWidenberg
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IntentionallyWidenberg

OMFG that would have been great!

Quaider4ever
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Quaider4ever

Pump my tires, bitches!!!

Satan 81's Sister
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Satan 81's Sister

Morning all. Satan81 and I were talking about Thomas yesterday which lead to a discussion on everyone’s favorite topic: 2011 Cup Run!! One thing that stuck out for both of us thinking about the emotional roller coaster that was the Habs series was OH MY GOD LOOK AT THAT ROSTER THAT SERIES SHOULD NOT HAVE BEEN SO FUCKING DIFFICULT!
http://www.hockeydb.com/ihdb/stats/leagues/seasons/teams/0000452011.html

And as Satan81 said: “bahahahaha Lucic had 63 PIM in the playoffs
That team really beat the shit out of people”
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BagelBruin
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BagelBruin

It was a 2-7 matchup, right? But it’s the Habs. Standings don’t matter once they meet in the playoffs (which is why the Bruins sweep of the habs in 2009 really stands out)

Satan 81's Sister
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Satan 81's Sister

Oh definitely. It’s just funny to look back and think “Wait a minute…..”

BagelBruin
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BagelBruin

But yeah! That Habs team sucked!

Quaider4ever
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Quaider4ever

Last year, the Bs got manhandled by the Blues.