Jump to the two minute mark. It’s the best in cinema history. That’s how I felt when I woke up this morning and saw that Iginla was traded to the Penguins.
Reunited and I want to throw up.
Could someone please explain to me how they have all this unlimited cap space? It’s not the NFL. The cap is a hard cap. Yet they can keep adding pieces and never seem to have any problems.
Chiarelli swung and missed. Hard.
I’m pissed. I thought this was the year the Bruins would pull of the big deal. Get that big scorer they needed. TSN in Canada had it all but a done deal last night.
Now they’ll get another two way forward that has scoring potential but doesn’t really score and a mediocre defenseman that can supposedly move the puck but in reality sucks. Why not see if Wideman is available?
After the trade of Tim Thomas, and his five million cap hit, this should be appalling to Bruins fans. With all this room to get a good player with a big contract at the deadline, they should have nabbed Iginla 2 weeks ago. Instead he goes to your top conference rival on a night you fail to hold a third period lead, again, and lose to the Canadiens on home ice, again.
I am very bitter right now. This sucks.
No, no ESPN, not that Tim Thomas…the white one.
This move is incredible. If the Bruins get to cash in the second round pick, even more incredible. This frees up $5 million on the Bruins cap that they can now use to acquire another asset before the trade deadline.
Personally I’d like Jarome Iginla. Sure he’s 35 but with Calgary headed nowhere and on the final year of his deal, I think the veteran would be a perfect fit in the B’s dressing room. Like Recchi was the year they won the Cup, except you know, black.
I won’t say a bad word about Thomas. I know everyone is getting on him for the White House thing, his personal politics, and his self imposed sabbatical. Whatever. I’ll remember the on ice performance of a very memorable Stanley Cup run. The only Cup victory for the Bruins in my lifetime mind you.
So everyone making fun of Thomas and the doomsday bunker in Colorado (I’m guilty of a couple jabs too) just stop and remember, no Timmy, no Cup. Should he ever come back, you cheer him. Don’t make a Vinatieri or Damon mistake. He’s a legend in Boston sports folklore along with the tuck rule and the bloody sock.
Legendary…and let’s not forget it.
Tim Thomas is squirreled away in his bunker in Colorado. He won’t be playing hockey this season just as he’d outlined. The Bruins are set for full-time Tuukka time. Are you OK with this?
I’m a bit uneasy as I think all Bruins fans should be. I’m not saying that Timmy set the world on fire last season but certainly the year before he carried this team to a Stanley Cup victory. Now he’s going to be 39 in April so I’m not sure how much is in the tank, but having him there as an insurance policy would have me sleeping a bit easier.
Tuukka hasn’t been able to put it all together for a full season. But as Felger pointed out, he doesn’t have to. Not this season anyways with a lockout shortened 48 game schedule, or whatever it’s set to be.
I figured with the Mayan apocalypse off the table now Tim would come out of hiding. I guessed wrong. So like the headline says, no Timmy, no problem? We’ll have to wait and see.
Let’s get everyone up to speed before we start asking the headline question.
Thomas signed a four year deal that averages $5 million per. So even though he got money up front with bigger paychecks and is only getting paid $3 million this upcoming season, the cap hit is $5 million. They put this in the CBA to prevent 30 year contracts where they pay a player the minimum in all the later years in an attempt to circumvent the cap.
Staying with me?
Well Chiarelli clearly didn’t know this next part. When a 35 or older player signs, you’re on the hook for his salary even if he retires.
So the Bruins have a Thomas cap hit regardless of what Timmy does. He can play, sit out, or retire; the Bruins have the hit.
The final part is Thomas’s no movement clause that expires on July 1st. Meaning the Bruins can trade him wherever and he has no say.
What’s your play Timmy?
His agent says it’s not to be traded.
Are we to believe Thomas at his word? Did something really bad happen like a sick child (we hope nothing like that) that has him rattled to the point he needs to be home?
Is he really a whack job? He moved his family to Colorado. Does he think the End of Days is really coming and he wants his family in the bunkers in Colorado?
I think the whole thing sucks. Without Timmy, there’s no Cup in Boston. Yet this whole situation is turning the fans on their hometown hero.
Timmy doesn’t owe the Bruins anything. But they gave him a job when he was struggling to makes a roster in Europe. How about you honor your contract?
The Bruins could still trade him to a team looking to make the salary floor. If he’s sitting home they’ll have the cap hit to reach the minimum but wouldn’t have to pay him a dime of the $3 million he’s owed. Just a thought.
We’ll see how it ends up playing out but what you need to know for now is, it’s Tuukka Time.
After Saturday’s let down I was dreading Sunday. I mean playoff hockey is still my favorite of all the sports post seasons and if somehow the Bruins were eliminated I would still watch, but I wasn’t ready for them to go yet. A first round loss would be such a let down on the heels of winning the Stanley Cup last year.
It was a very frustrating game again yesterday. Every time the Bruins were able to get a lead, they weren’t able to hold it.
First when Marchand was laying on the ice trying to draw a call and the play continued with the Caps scoring. Look, I understand you’re not getting all the calls in the series but don’t turn into a Canadian hockey team all of a sudden and start diving at every opportunity. Get your ass back up and back into the play (even if in this case there’s no way he could have gotten back into the play).
The second one was just awful. After losing another key face-off in their own zone, Ovechkin just ripped it. Of course it trickled in behind Thomas and we were tied again. So the Bruins gave up another lead but they trailed in the game.
The goal reminded of the Oates face-off goal. Right around the 2:22 mark on the below clip.
The Bruins managed to keep it tied and forced OT. I’m sure I’m not the only one screaming at my TV when Thomas is like 15 feet out of the net with two or three Caps in his zone. Stay home Timmy, the team will help you, I promise.
Well before I’d even gotten comfortable for the start of what I expected to be a long overtime and possibly additional overtime(s) Tyler Seguin stuffed home the game winner on a very nice feed from Lucic. The guy dubbed Dreamboat McGillicutty by Toucher and Rich. The guy who undeservingly won the seventh player award thanks to the pink hat and tween vote. The guy that was the #2 overall pick and was held off the stat sheet this post season until yesterday came through. He assisted on what we hoped would be the game winner and then scored the game winner in overtime.
SO once again the Bruins are headed to a game seven. I’m a little shocked the league didn’t want to schedule it for today at 3PM. But they’ll go with Wednesday
at 3PM at a time to be determined. Once again, prepare to be on the edge of your seat. I know I will.