Friday, April 03, 2009

Timmy Signs Extension

Well this writers dream has come true! Tim Thomas today signed an unofficial 3 year extension with the Boston Bruins. The deal will pay Timmy around $5 million per year (not official numbers) which is around Martin Brodeur's current salary. I know the Timmy haters will be out in force with this one, but then as usual everything they'll say will baseless and ignorant. Yes I am calling you all ignorant, if you don't like it tell me.

So before you start comparing Thomas to Brodeur take a look at the league goalie salaries first. Brodeur is not even paid in the top five of goalies, guess what he is 10th! Of that list look who's the best, Thomas.

While my nice stats above should be enough to shut you up I know it won't. Next you will be complaining about the Bruins overall salaries and how we are going to sign Kessel and Krejci. Well we will have to dump or trade some low level guys. That's reality people, we have a cap and we have to pay our best players to keep them. Thomas is the best goalie in the league this year and top 5 the year before (4th in SV%). Many of you, due to his flop style, really can't accept his numbers. Even when the Bruins suck he doesn't, but yet you still hate. Oh and did you guys read about the safety net in his salary? Not that anyone should hope they need to use it, they do have an option later.

When a player signs a new deal after his 35th birthday, per the CBA, although he
can be bought out (at a two-thirds reduction in pay), his cap number can not be
deleted from the club's salary commitments.

Since he signed this extension prior to his 35th birthday this doesn't apply. He can be bought out and salary can be cut by 1/3 and spread out over the remaining years.

Along with giving David Krejci the Seventh Player Award the Bruins also signed free agent winger Yannick Riendeau. This 20 year old led the QMJHL this year in points with 58-68-126 totals in 64 games. In his 4 game playoff series Riendeau got 19 points in 4 games. No word at this time where he will be reporting to, but most likely to Providence for now.

Update: It is now confirmed as a 4 year $20 million deal. Average cap hit each year is $5 million.

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Blogger number4bobbyorr said...

It's the best Bruins news I've heard in years! I've seen a lot of goaltenders come and go, from Cheevers, to Peeters, to Dafoe. I have had no doubt--starting three seasons ago-that Thomas is the best of the bunch. In a decade I'd like to see No. 30 hanging from the rafters. It'd be about time we had a goalie up there.

But the Thomas haters are out in force today...

The Bruins get the best goaltender in the NHL, locked in for 3 years at the 10th salary spot and some "fans" can only gripe about it. The irrational way that some people hate Tim Thomas is just bizarre. In my opinion, it says something pretty ugly about who they are as people.

3:04 p.m., April 03, 2009  
Blogger number4bobbyorr said...

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3:04 p.m., April 03, 2009  
Blogger TreeBob said...

thx for the comment orr. I am a bit sad, I was expecting some hateful comments to respond too. Oh well :(

3:56 p.m., April 03, 2009  
Blogger jimbuff said...

Thomas Rules!! He is the best Bruins goalie I have seen in my life time and we share the same birthday (except he is years younger than me).

This is great news. The haters all want Rask but why gamble on an unproven when we have the proven #1 goalie in the league here right now.

I can not remember being more happy or excited about The Bruins in my life than I am right now!!!

5:02 a.m., April 04, 2009  
Blogger neb said...


not only do i like timmy's game...i like him as the person he comes across as and his story as reported.

I will say that a goalie is a reflection of the defense being played in front of this end tim owes claude a couple north end dinners :)

11:04 a.m., April 04, 2009  
Blogger Zanstorm said...

How can anyone NOT like Thomas?
Fools! He's definitely my 2nd fave goalie behind Luongo, naturally!Great steal at $5 million

8:11 p.m., April 09, 2009  

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