NHL notes: Tim Thomas thinking of comeback?

Former Boston Bruins goalie Tim Thomas could be looking for a return to hockey. (REUTERS)

Former Boston Bruins goalie Tim Thomas could be looking for a return to hockey. (REUTERS)

QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:42 PM ET

A former Vezina Trophy winner's self-imposed exile might soon be coming to to an end.

Former Boston Bruins netminder Tim Thomas could be considering a return to hockey next season, according to Hockey Night in Canada.

Although the 39-year-old's contract is set to expire at the end of this season, the New York Islanders, who traded for Thomas' rights before the 2012-13 season, can extend the four-time all-star for an additional year if they wish because he refused to report after the deal.

But according to HNIC, Thomas could look to Europe, where he had early success prior to his NHL career while playing in Finland.

BURKE WANTS TO GO BIG

Former Toronto Maple Leafs general manager Brian Burke believes the NHL needs to start having games played on a bigger ice surface.

Burke, who is working as a scout for the Anaheim Ducks, told the Boston Globe the NHL needs to get bigger ice because the players have become much larger than they were in the early days of the game.

"By and large, we're still playing on the same-sized surface on which the 5-foot-9 Leo Boivin was deemed the feared hitter of his day," Burke said. "Our players are bigger and faster now, and if that changes, it's only going to increase. A wider rink should allow for more playmaking, more scoring, better power plays"¦ overall, a greater emphasis on skill, but still with plenty of hitting. No one wants to turn hockey into a non-contact sport."

But Burke backed off on saying NHL ice surfaces should be using the international standard, which is roughly 200 feet by 100 feet. He thinks the standard NHL rinks should go from 85-feet wide to 90 or 92.

HOFFMAN BACK IN DRAFT

Swiss forward Gregory Hoffman will re-enter the NHL draft after failing to agree to a deal with the Carolina Hurricanes.

Hoffman, who had 16 goals and 11 assists in 49 games with HC Davos of the top Swiss league in 2012-13, was a fourth-round pick of the Hurricanes in 2011. The Hurricanes needed to sign Hoffman before Friday's deadline.

"We wanted to sign Gregory to a contract, and felt that he could have a future with the Hurricanes on the NHL level," Hurricanes general manager Jim Rutherford said in a statement Sunday. "It is disappointing that we were unable to reach an agreement with his agent to keep him in our organization."

NHLPA NAMES FIVE

Five players, including Cory Schneider of the Vancouver Canucks, will make up the NHLPA's representation on the league's competition committee.

Joining Schneider on the committee will be David Backes of the St. Louis Blues, Michael Cammalleri of the Calgary Flames, Ron Hainsey of the Winnipeg Jets and Alex Pietrangelo of the Blues.

Mathieu Schneider of the NHLPA will chair Tuesday's meeting in Toronto. The NHL will be represented by five team officials.

Two of the topics reportedly on the agenda will be making the use of visors mandatory in the NHL and switching to a hybrid icing.

 


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