Tim Thomas

Tim Thomas won’t be coming back this season


Tim Thomas’ self-imposed exile from hockey won’t be coming to an end now that the lockout is over.

TSN’s Bob McKenzie tweeted an update on the soon-to-be former Bruins netminder and says he’s more than happy at his Colorado homestead.

The Bruins will have to find a way to free up the roster space and his cap space this season, and depending how teams shape up once camps get under way, they might be in luck.

Thomas waived his no-movement clause over the summer meaning his cap hit could be acquired by a team in need of reaching the salary floor, but if they’re expecting him to suit up they’ll be left disappointed. If Thomas can still be moved easily, the Bruins would likely do it should they need the cap space.

Video: Eichel’s first career NHL goal

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Didn’t take long for Jack Eichel to make his mark at the NHL level.

The No. 2 overall pick at this year’s draft scored his first-ever NHL goal in his first-ever NHL game on Thursday night, cutting Ottawa’s lead to 2-1 in the third period of Buffalo’s season-opener.

Marcus Foligno and another new Sabre, Evander Kane, registered the assists on Eichel’s marker, which came on the power play.


Tough start: Lehner knocked out of Sabres debut, won’t return

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Chances are Robin Lehner won’t look back fondly on his first game as a Sabre.

Midway through Buffalo’s season-opener against Ottawa, Lehner — facing his old team for the first time since getting traded this summer — suffered a lower-body injury, and was forced from the contest.

During the second intermission, the Sabres ruled out Lehner for the night.

It was a difficult turn of events for 24-year-old, who admitted he was keen to go up against the Sens. He had a bit of a chip on his shoulder about his time in the Canadian capital; Lehner felt he never got a full opportunity to run with the No. 1 gig, and probably wasn’t thrilled GM Bryan Murray opted to keep Craig Anderson and Andrew Hammond instead of him.

As for tonight’s injury, details are scarce. All that’s known is the ailment was serious enough for Lehner to leave and not return, forcing backup Chad Johnson into duty.

Prior to getting hurt, Lehner had stopped 11 of 12 shots faced.