LeBrun: Thomas considering sabbatical?

ESPN.com's Pierre Lebrun speculates that Bruins goalie Tim Thomas is considering sitting out the 2012-13 season:

Tim Thomas might be playing elsewhere next season, or he might not be playing at all.

A source told ESPN.com Thursday that the 38-year-old Boston Bruins netminder was contemplating taking next season off. Which doesn’t mean he will, but it’s something he’s apparently raised.

Thomas has one year left on his contract which pays him $3 million, although his cap hit is $5 million. His no-trade clause lifts July 1.

The Bruins have a No. 1 goalie in waiting in Tuukka Rask, so they’d be open to trade offers, especially after a controversy-filled season sparked by Thomas’ decision not to attend the Cup champions’ visit to the White House.

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