“Right now” might not be a necessary part of the title.

A number of columns have been written today that don’t exactly paint the once-lovable Tim Thomas in a positive light.

His decision to skip the Bruins visit to the White House has set off a mini media firestorm, which Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe poured gas on today. His column “Team is Used to Thomas’ Ways“ brought to light that the perception of Thomas in the B’s dressing room may not be what most of us thought it was.

The quote

 “[Expletive] selfish [expletive],’’ one team source said.

about Thomas was particularly illuminating.

I’ve already weighed in on Thomas – I think he should’ve been at the White House, and yes, I’m aware that our politics are not exactly in line and that has a lot of influence on that opinion (most Canadians will probably disagree with a guy who doesn’t believe in global warming and recycling, it’s in my blood).

Backhand Shelf wasn’t the only site to give an opinion on the the topic though…. holy crap, there’s a lot. Have fun, it’s a Timmy Thomas smorgasbord!

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Team Used to Thomas’ Ways (bostonglobe.com, boston.com)

It Sounds Like The Bruins Are Ready To Say Goodbye To Tim Thomas, Free Citizen (Deadspin)

On a day for team, Thomas left them shorthanded (boston.com)

Tim Thomas Put Himself Above Team (ESPN Boston)

Haggerty: Thomas on his own as White House Distraction (CSN New England)

And Corey Schneider said… (Pass it to Bulis)

Tim Thomas: The Ugly Truth Behind His Refusal to Meet the President (Bleacher Report)

Tim Thomas skips White House visit: Did his political statement backfire? (Washington Post)

Tim Thomas Snub of the White House Might Prompt Exit From the Bruins, Globe Reports (Bloomberg)

 Tim Thomas and the Obama Snub: Free Speech or Impolitic Politics (+ Video) (Christian Science Monitor)

Bruins goalie Tim Thomas turns down White House Invite (video) (Slate)

Andy Brickley’s take (NESN)

Cam Neely disappointed Tim Thomas didn’t join Bruins for White House visit (NESN)

A different angle…

Why the Boston Bruins should shoulder blame for Tim Thomas White House mess (Puck Daddy)

And the backlash to the backlash…

Did Dave Hodge go too far with Tim Thomas tweet? (The Globe and Mail) – Hodge is hilarious on twitter by the way.

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So what do you think? Is the reaction the Thomas snub too much, or deserved?