As Tuukka Rask shoulders the load in net, the Bruins will desperately need him to stay healthy. Having lost one leg of what was arguably the NHL's best goaltending tandem, there is no longer a proven safety net in the Bruins' crease.
If Tuukka Rask is once again struck by the injury bug, the Bruins may beg on bended knee for Thomas to return.
Rask missed the final six weeks of last season with a severe groin injury. Groin injuries can be tricky, and often nag over long stretches of time. Bruins nation took a collective deep breath on October 23rd as Rask left a game in the Czech Republic with another groin injury.
Rask, who is spending the lockout with HC Plzen, supposedly just took a precautionary rest after feeling minor groin pain. The injury is not considered to be serious, but it certainly reminded the Bruins about the fragility of their goaltending situation.
If a championship-caliber Bruins team were to be stranded late in the season with no better goaltending option than Anton Khudobin, Tim Thomas could make a heroic return to salvage a season for his brothers in black and gold. Suddenly needed by his teammates more than ever, Thomas may have a change of heart.
In this scenario, Thomas would only have to play a limited number of games and could be seen as the Bruins savior, enhancing the legend status he has already earned.