One of the NHL's best goaltenders will take next season off. Boston Bruins goalie Tim Thomas posted on his Facebook page that he plans to sit out the 2012-2013 NHL season to focus on what he calls "the three F's."
From the earliest age I can remember, I've wanted to be a hockey player. I've been blessed in my life to not only be able to live that dream, but to achieve more than I ever thought possible.
The singleminded focus that is necessary to accomplish a dream of this magnitude entails (by necessity) sacrifice in other areas and relationships in life.
At the age of 38, I believe it is time to put my time and energies into those areas and relationships that I have neglected. That is why at this time I feel the most important thing I can do in my life is to reconnect with the three F's.
Friends, Family, and Faith.
This is what I plan on doing over the course of the next year.
Thomas has one year remaining on his contract with the Boston Bruins - one that will count $5 million against the NHL salary cap whether Thomas plays or not. The Bruins can either trade Thomas or "toll" his contract so the last year carries over to the 2013-2014 season, according to the Canadian Press' Chris Johnston via The Sporting News.