Former Boston Bruins goaltender Tim Thomas is thinking about making a return to the NHL after spending the 2012-13 season on the sidelines as a suspended player, his agent confirmed to NHL.com Monday night.
ESPN.com's Pierre LeBrun reported earlier Monday that Thomas' agent, Bill Zito, said the goalie has asked him to explore options for next season. Zito later confirmed the report to NHL.com via e-mail.
Thomas, 39, is technically a member of the New York Islanders, who acquired him in a trade from the Bruins on Feb. 2. The Islanders have the right to toll Thomas' contract into the 2013-14 season, but the team has given no indication that it plans to do so, which would make Thomas an unrestricted free agent at noon ET on Friday.