By Allan Muir
There’s no telling what Tim Thomas imagined his future employment options might be when he waved goodbye to the Boston Bruins and made a hasty retreat to the wilds of Colorado last summer.
But if he left with the idea that there would be a ready market for the winner of the 2011 Vezina and Conn Smythe trophies, well, he guessed poorly.
Thomas made it known earlier this month through his agent, Bill Zito, that he’s ready to come in from the cold and resume his NHL career. But the reception so far has been chilly, and there’s not much reason to think it will warm up.
It’s not just a matter of whether Thomas can still play goal, although that’s a legitimate question for a 39-year-old who hasn’t faced an NHL shot since Apr. 25, 2012. Practicing yoga in between chopping wood probably kept him in shape, but that’s not the same as hockey shape. And it’s unreasonable to expect a team to assume the risk of a contract without seeing him in game action.
But the bigger issue for Thomas is fit. As in, finding a team that needs a goalie, can afford him financially, and provides a setting where he can be happy.
That team might not exist.