Thomas backstopped the Bruins to a 2011 Stanley Cup and won the Conn Smythe Trophy after posting a 1.98 goals-against average and a .940 save percentage in 25 postseason games.
The former Vermont Catamount won his second Vezina Trophy last season. He won his first Vezina in 2009 along with the William M. Jennings Trophy after his Bruins allowed the fewest goals in the NHL during the regular season.
The Flint, Michigan native played in his fourth NHL All-Star game in five year in 2012.
If Thomas stands by his statement and sits out the 2012-2013 NHL season, the Bruins need to find a new starter.
Many consider backup goaltender Tuukka Rask, Thomas' heir apparent. The 25-year-old netminder even stole the starting job from Thomas in the 2009-2010 season.
Alternatively, the Bruins might test the free agent or trade market in search of a new puck-stopper.
Whether Rask or another goaltender guards the Bruins' goal next season, things might get interesting in Beantown.