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5. Tim Thomas

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The Bruins' 2011 Stanley Cup MVP became a target of criticism for his decision to skip the White House ceremony honoring the team in January 2012 and for a series of politically charged Facebook posts. Then in June he confirmed rumors that he will sit out at least the 2012-13 season in order to focus on "friends, family and faith." Thomas' future with the Bruins is still anyone's guess.

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