Nicklas Lidstrom’s retirement on Thursday was kind of a sad day for hockey and its fans, but it certainly wasn’t much of a shock or all that puzzling.

The most recent news surrounding Tim Thomas, on the other hand, is puzzling to say the least.

Citing a source that told, Pierre LeBrun reported on Thursday night that last season’s Conn Smythe award winner is “contemplating taking next season off.”

At the end of the day, I guess this might just be some sort of posturing from Thomas and his camp, but if the guy’s actually considering it, that’s just mind boggling.

We’re talking about a 38-year-old goaltender who may not have many years of greatness left in him, not thinking about retiring, but taking a year off despite still posting a .920 save percentage this season and a 2.36 goals against average.

If you’re a Bruins fan, it might not be the worst thing in the world given that a very capable youngster in Tuukka Rask is waiting in the wings. But again, this just doesn’t make sense from Thomas’ perspective…does it?

Now for some morning links:

  • Should the Bruins trade Tim Thomas? (ESPN) If you can get a good return, why not? I understand how good the guy has been over the last five years or so, but Tuukka Rask is more than capable, and Thomas may prove to be more of a distraction than anything else in 2012-13.
  • Lou Lamoriello’s influence extends far beyond hockey (The Star-Ledger).
  • Five reasons why Ducks fans should want the Devils to beat L.A. (
  • Anze Kopitar is King of Slovenia (
  • Nicklas Lidstrom provided blueprint for Drew Doughty (Sporting News).
  • Stunning Numbers: The Nicklas Lidstrom Tribute Edition (Puck Daddy).
  • Now that Lidstrom has made a decision, it’s Daniel Alfredsson’s turn (Ottawa Sun).
  • Nail Yakupov heading to Edmonton for follow-up interview with Oilers ( Anyone out there actually think the Oilers will pass on Yakupov? Yeah, me neither…you “Fail for Nail” for a reason.
  • The Flames need more fixing than just a coaching hire (Canoe Slam Sports). I completely agree. While Hartley has had success in the NHL, the fact that he and Flames management are totally dismissing rebuilding is just another example of how deliriously out of touch with their own situation that organization is right now.
  • Roberto Luongo should get his due from critics ( Is he an overrated choke-artist past his time, or an underrated legend who was never adequately respected for what he could do.
  • Will the Jets consider moving Tobias Enstrom? (Winnipeg Sun)