Charlie Jacobs thinks B's can trade Thomas

August, 22, 2012
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In a radio interview Monday on WEEI, Bruins principal and alternate governor Charlie Jacobs weighed in on goalie Tim Thomas, whose decision to forgo his final season of his contract and leave the Bruins hanging with a $5 million cap hit remains a hot topic.

Jacobs, the son of owner Jeremy Jacobs, expressed confidence that the Bruins will be able to unload Thomas in a trade despite his intention to sit out the 2012-13 season.

"Timmy's going to do what he wants to do, and you know what? I bet we'll get something for him if he elects not to come back," Charlie Jacobs told WEEI. "And there is in fact a floor for the salary cap this upcoming season, I can see teams trading for that $5 million cap [hit] to bring their team up to the floor.

"So I think there will be a market for a player, as ironic as it sounds, there will be a market for a player who's not going to play next year."

Jacobs also questioned Thomas' thought process for skipping the entire season.

"I'm having a hard time wrapping my ahead around that whole line of logic," Jacobs said. "I respect Timmy and I respect his decision, but at 38. ... I want to say he'll be 39 by the time he comes back, taking a year off from pro hockey, from the National Hockey League, from the show, I don't see how it's possible to come back and play at that level. He may prove us all wrong, but I would be stunned. This is prime earning potential for him. This is not chump change -- we're talking 5 million bucks -- and the possibility of another deal if he does perform well."

James Murphy

Bruins reporter, ESPNBoston.com

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