Two years ago on June 15th, former Boston Bruins goaltender Tim Thomas was holding the Stanley Cup over his head and celebrating with his teammates after defeating the Vancouver Canucks in a gritty seven game series.
A season later, he skated off the ice after giving up an overtime goal to the Washington Capitals in a seventh game that saw the Bruins exit the playoffs in the first round.
There has been plenty of controversy surrounding Thomas since he helped the Bruins win their first Cup since 1972, including skipping the Presidential visit with Barack Obama over his political views and using Facebook to show his support for Chick-fil-A after their president Dan Cathy made public his views on gay marriage.
Thomas ceremoniously chose to sit out this past season to focus on his family and the Bruins ended up trading Thomas' rights to the New York Islanders back in February for a conditional second round in either 2014 or 2015, in order to help free up some salary cap space.
Now comes a report from Elliotte Friedman of CBC that Thomas may consider returning next season. Friedman made contact with Thomas' agent however there was no concrete evidence that Thomas would come back and if he did, whether or not it would be to the NHL or to a team overseas.
If he did come back to the NHL, the Islanders would retain his rights but when the trade was made back in February, there was speculation that the Islanders might trade Thomas to a team looking for a goaltender as they have one goaltender in Evgeni Nabokov whose contract expires after this season and another in Rick DiPietro who recently signed a controversial 15-year contract.
Thomas just turned 39-years-old back on April 15.