Bruins to suspend Thomas in 'non-adversarial way'


Bruins to suspend Thomas in 'non-adversarial way'

BOSTON -- Tim Thomas will not report to Boston Bruins camp this week, will be suspended by the Bs organization in the coming days, and wont suit up for the Black and Gold during this abbreviated 2013 48-game NHL season.

But the eccentric 38-year-old goaltender has indicated to the Bruins, through agent Bill Zito, that he want to play in the NHL next season and has already expressed interest in representing Team USA at the 2014 Olympics in Russia.

Hes told us that hes not going to be here, but that he wants to play next year, said general manager Peter Chiarelli. So well end up suspending him and well be doing it in a non-adversarial way. So hell be on our cap unless we trade him. With the floor as it is at 44 million theres probably not an opportunity to trade him to a team that needs to get to the floor. So were at a standstill right now.

Chiarelli indicated that the Bruins can toll the contract of Thomas if he is suspended for the entire 2013 NHL season, and basically the Bs goaltender will owe the Bruins organization another contracted year of service under the terms that he would have played for the 2012-13 season.

A source indicated to that Thomas doesnt want to play for any team other than the Bruins if he does return to the NHL. But the two-time Vezina Trophy winning goalie no longer holds any no-trade provisions preventing him from being dealt elsewhere if Chiarelli does opt to toll his contract for next year.

So more drama potentially sits around the corner for Thomas and the Bruins, but this season will be all about a goaltending partnership between Tuukka Rask and Anton Khudobin. Both young goaltenders will be given a chance to prove they can step up and be the franchise goaltender in Boston while Thomas continues to focus on friends, faith and family.

MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL: Wentz tosses 4 TDs, Eagles beat Redskins, 34-24


MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL: Wentz tosses 4 TDs, Eagles beat Redskins, 34-24

PHILADELPHIA - Carson Wentz tossed four touchdown passes, and the Philadelphia Eagles overcame losing nine-time Pro Bowl left tackle Jason Peters in a 34-24 win over the Washington Redskins on Monday night.

Wentz threw for 268 yards and ran for a career-best 63 after a shaky start to lead the NFL-best Eagles (6-1) to their fifth straight win. But the victory was costly because Peters was carted off the field with a knee injury in the third quarter.

Kirk Cousins had 303 yards passing and three TDs for the Redskins (3-3).

The Eagles went three-and-out three times in their first four drives and had only 57 total yards before Wentz hit Mack Hollins in stride with a perfect 64-yard TD pass to tie it at 10.

That got the offense rolling.

Wentz connected with Zach Ertz for 46 yards on the next series and found him again for a 4-yard TD pass to make it 17-10.

After getting the second-half kickoff, the Eagles drove 86 yards for another touchdown. Peters was injured during the series, and fans chanted his name while teammates surrounded the cart.

Wentz finished the drive off with a play that Peters would appreciate.

While being hit by two defenders and falling forward, Wentz lofted a 9-yard TD pass to Corey Clement.

Wentz fired a 10-yard TD pass to Nelson Agholor to expand the lead to 31-17. Wentz kept that drive alive by escaping a sack and running 17 yards on third-and-8.

Cousins tossed a 7-yard touchdown pass to Chris Thompson to give the Redskins a 10-3 lead. He connected with Jordan Reed on a 5-yard TD to cut the deficit to 24-17 and threw a 12-yard pass to Reed to cap the scoring.

The Eagles were penalized on four straight plays to start their first possession before Wentz was intercepted by Quinton Dunbar on a deep pass to Torrey Smith on second-and-31.

Philadelphia swept Washington for the first time since 2013 and has a commanding lead in the NFC East. The Cowboys and Redskins are tied for second place.


BOSTON SPORTS TONIGHT PODCAST: Are Patriots' defensive problems solved?


BOSTON SPORTS TONIGHT PODCAST: Are Patriots' defensive problems solved?

0:41 - Tom Giles, Michael Holley, and Tom Curran react to the Patriots’ 23-7 win over the Falcons on Sunday night and whether the Patriots deserve to be considered Super Bowl favorites.

6:09 - Is Johnson Bademosi an upgrade over Stephon Gilmore at cornerback for the Patriots? Michael Hurley joins BST to debate with Tom Curran, Michael Holley, and Kayce Smith. They also discuss the defense’s overall improvement in Sunday night’s win.

14:37 - NBC Sports Boston’s Red Sox insider Evan Drellich joins the show to talk about the Red Sox hiring Alex Cora to be their new manager, whether it was the right choice, and how his presence will affect the Red Sox clubhouse.

22:14 - Kayce Smith and Tom Curran discuss Kyrie Irving’s vulgar response to a Philadelphia fan yelling “Where’s LeBron?” at him on Friday night.