While Tim Thomas has remained conspicuously quiet and away from his Facebook page during the entirety of the NHL lockout, the erstwhile Bruins goaltender has made an official appearance as a member of the NHLPA.
According to several sources, the 38-year-old goaltender sat in on one of the NHLPAs recent conference calls discussing the NHL lockout and related players association business. The two-time Vezina Trophy winner kept silent during the conference call, and Thomas has been holed up in his Colorado residence with his family while focusing on friends, faith and family after declaring this summer that he wanted to sit out the 2012-13 NHL season.
As it turns out Thomas had the right idea in mind with the NHL lockout steamrolling the first three months of the regular season and is threatening the entire campaign if the NHL and NHLPA cant come to an agreement on a new CBA. There has been no word on whether Thomas has experienced a change of heart about playing this season should the NHL get underway in January, but its expected the Bruins will look to trade Thomas contract elsewhere rather than soak up his 5 million cap hit.
Its also expected that the Conn Smythe-winning Thomas has already played his final game with the Black and Gold regardless of any further decision about this season.
Thomas finished last season with a 35-19-1 record along with a .920 save percentage and 2.35 goals against average, but faded badly down the stretch into the playoffs. Thomas has reportedly shown interest in playing for Team USA in the 2014 Winter Olympics despite his desire to sit out the 2013 hockey season.
If the contract regulations in the expired CBA carry over into the new agreement, then Thomas current deal with the Bruins will expire if the entire season ends up getting cancelled.
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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.