Monday, January 30, 2012
Updated: January 31, 12:55 PM ET
Bruins' Tim Thomas not on block
Despite being at the center of a controversy after he snubbed the Boston Bruins' visit of the White House, Tim Thomas remains and will remain a member of the team.
"Not trading him," Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli said in an email to ESPN.com's Pierre LeBrun. "I have not talked to anyone and I don't plan to."
Thomas made 18 saves in the third period to win his record fourth All-Star Game Sunday. Thomas and the rest of the Bruins' All-Stars were exempt from practice Monday thus were not available for comment.
One of only two Americans on last year's Stanley Cup winning team, Thomas snubbed President Barack Obama last week, issuing a statement that the federal government is "out of control."
His stance didn't sit well with many in Bruins management and with many teammates, but they are standing by him on the ice.
"Tim is a great hockey player," Bruins owner Jeremy Jacobs told reporters in Ottawa for NHL All-Star festivities. "He's done his job very well for us, and I'm totally behind him. I don't necessarily agree with his political views, but that's not what he does for me. And I've got to say this: While I don't agree with it, I certainly feel he has the right to express himself as every American does, and he does a good job."
Amid rumors that his teammates were irked that Thomas wasn't around to answer questions about his White House snub at the morning skate the next day in Washington, the Bruins goalie addressed the team after that night's game against the Capitals and came away feeling he had their support, a source close to Thomas told ESPNBoston.com.
Under the condition of anonymity, two of Thomas' teammates later told ESPNBoston.com they didn't think the issue would negatively affect team chemistry going forward.
"I don't agree with his political views but I'm not going to let this affect our team," one player said.
The Bruins play their first home game since the controversy on Tuesday. He told the Boston Herald over the weekend he wasn't concerned about what the reaction might be.
"I haven't put too much thought into it," Thomas said. "I'll let the fans make their own decision and deal with whatever the consequences happen to be."
Information from ESPNBoston.com's James Murphy was used in this report.