Could the Bruins trade Thomas>

The brass may feel Tuukka Rask is ready to be anointed the No. 1 goalie. He certainly has done his job well — and maintained a remarkably positive and cheerful attitude.

And it is quite likely there will be NHL teams that could manage Thomas’ $5 million cap hit and $3 million paycheck, and would view the two-time Vezina Trophy winner as the guy who could make them a playoff, or even Stanley Cup, contender.

What might such a player bring the Bruins in a trade? Maybe a good, young player? A first-round pick? Who knows? That would likely depend on how well Thomas plays during the next 3-5 months. The added benefit for the B’s would be a sizable chunk of cap space to re-sign their own free agents, or shop the free agent market.

If there is lasting enmity toward Thomas in the offices either on Causeway Street or in Buffalo, how could the B’s not explore saying goodbye to one of their best and most popular players? These are the types of deals by which championship teams remain championship teams.