Bruins allow Thomas to talk to teams

The Boston Bruins have given goalie Tim Thomas' agent, Bill Zito, permission to directly call other NHL clubs as they explore trading the former Vezina Trophy winner.

"I do have permission to talk to teams," Zito told ESPN.com on Thursday afternoon. "But I'm not pounding the pavement looking for a team."

A season after winning hockey's top goalie prize, the 36-year-old Thomas lost his starting job to Tuukka Rask late in the season and in the playoffs. Thomas, who must approve any deal, has three years and $15 million left on his contract.

So where do things stand?

"What we agreed to with [Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli] is that he would see what's out there," Zito said. "Tim said he would look at whatever Pete brought to us and decide from there. But Pete hasn't brought anything to us at this point. I guess that could change at any point though."