Could Tim Thomas's one-year absence from the NHL be coming to an abrupt end?
It seems like it's a good possibility. Thomas's agent Bill Zito has been instructed by his client to explore his options for a return to the NHL. It seems likely that several teams would be interested in the two-time Vezina Trophy winner. Thomas also earned the 2011 Conn Smythe Trophy when the Bruins won the Stanley Cup.
Thomas strangely took a leave of absence after the conclusion of the 2011-12 season. The Bruins were eliminated in the first round of the playoffs by the Washington Capitals in overtime of the seventh game, and Thomas skated right off the ice and did not look back.
He told the Bruins he was going to concentrate on his personal life in 2012-13 and take the year off, and had given no indication that he was interested in coming back until now.
Here's a look at the teams that should be willing to kick the tires on making a deal with the award-winning goalie.