It's out with the old, in with the new in Boston: Boston Bruins’ goaltender Tim Thomas announced he will take the 2012-13 season off to spend more time with friends and family.
Providing there is a 2012-13 season, the Bruins will be looking to backup goalie Tuukka Rask to start—a blessing in disguise for Boston.
Though this is a little quicker than Boston Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli had anticipated, his plan was always to get Tuukka in as the starter.
"All along we've been working on what I call a succession plan, where we were going to pass the baton to Tuukka," Chiarelli told Ottawa radio station the Team 1200 earlier this month (via NHL.com). "That's what I've been telling him since he's been 20. This probably accelerates it by a year, but it's his chance to show us he's a true No. 1. I've always told him we'd like to have him on the Bruins for his whole career, so this is a good opportunity for him."
Rask is a heck of a goalie and should have no problems filling in for Thomas. After a season with Rask as the starter, Bruins fans will not even remember who brought them the Stanley Cup in 2011.
Okay, maybe they will.
However, they will have no problem watching Rask amass win after win for seasons to come.
Here are five reasons why Rask will make Boston fans forget about Thomas.