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The goaltending situation is the thing that needs to be addressed in Boston.
It's hard to fathom seeing Tim Thomas playing for somebody other than the Bruins after he saw the best years of his career in Beantown, even leading them to a Stanley Cup. But will Tuukka Rask wait for Thomas to retire?
Rask is ready to be an NHL starter. And Tim Thomas could not only get some value back from a team that needs a goalie who could lead them deep into the playoffs, but he would free up a decent amount of salary cap space to allow the Bruins to be a bit more active in free agency.
Jimmy Murphy of ESPN Boston even tweeted a prediction that Tim Thomas will be traded during this offseason. So, which teams would be most interested in Thomas?
Teams that might be interested in the star goalie are the Chicago Blackhawks, whose goaltending was pretty abysmal all year, or the Toronto Maple Leafs.
If I were to guess, I'd guess Chicago is the most likely spot he'd land because Boston would still most likely want to do right by Thomas. And the Blackhawks are a playoff team that would immediately be Stanley Cup contenders with Thomas between the pipes.