Tim Thomas may take a year away from hockey

After a memorable Stanley Cup winning season in 2011, this season was filled with off-ice drama for the 38-year-old goaltender.

Washington Capitals v Boston Bruins - Game One

BOSTON, MA - APRIL 12: Tim Thomas #30 of the Boston Bruins stops a shot in the third period against the Washington Capitals in Game One of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2012 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at TD Garden on April 12, 2012 in Boston, Massachusetts. The Boston Bruins defeated the Washington Capitals 1-0 in overtime. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Tim Thomas #30 Of The Boston Bruins Makes Getty Images

SAN JOSE, CA - MARCH 22: Tim Thomas #30 of the Boston Bruins makes a save on a shot taken by Martin Havlat #9 of the San Jose Sharks at HP Pavilion at San Jose on March 22, 2012 in San Jose, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

Washington Capitals v Boston Bruins - Game One

BOSTON, MA - APRIL 12: Tim Thomas #30 of the Boston Bruins stops a shot by Nicklas Backstrom #19 of the Washington Capitals in Game One of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2012 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at TD Garden on April 12, 2012 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Bergeron scores 2 as Bruins top Senators 5-3

Boston Bruins goalie Tim Thomas makes a save during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Ottawa Senators in Ottawa, Ontario, on Saturday, Feb. 25, 2011. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Sean Kilpatrick)

Capitals beat Bruins 2-1 in OT to advance

Boston Bruins goalie Tim Thomas (30) dives to make a save on a shot by Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin (8) during the second period of Game 7 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup first-round playoff series, in Boston on Wednesday, April 25, 2012. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

Capitals beat Bruins 2-1 in OT to advance

As the Washington Capitals celebrate their win, Boston Bruins goalie Tim Thomas (30) skates off the ice following Game 7 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup first-round playoff series, in Boston on Wednesday, April 25, 2012. The Capitals won 2-1 in overtime. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

Tim Thomas #30 Of The Boston Bruins Clears Getty Images

BOSTON, MA - JANUARY 31: Tim Thomas #30 of the Boston Bruins clears the puck in the second period against the Ottawa Senators on January 31, 2012 at TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Tim Thomas #30 Of The Boston Bruins And Team Chara Gets Getty Images

OTTAWA, ON - JANUARY 28: Tim Thomas #30 of the Boston Bruins and Team Chara gets introduced prior to the 2012 Molson Canadian NHL All-Star Skills Competition at Scotiabank Place on January 28, 2012 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

2012 Tim Hortons NHL All-Star Game

OTTAWA, ON - JANUARY 29: Tim Thomas #30 of the Boston Bruins and Team Chara warms up prior to the 2012 Tim Hortons NHL All-Star Game against Team Alfredsson at Scotiabank Place on January 29, 2012 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Tim Thomas hoisting the Stanley Cup

VANCOUVER, CANADA - JUNE 15: Tim Thomas #30 of the Boston Bruins celebrates with the Stanley Cup after winning Game Seven of 2011 NHL Stanley Cup Final against the Vancouver Canucks at Rogers Arena on June 15, 2011 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Boston won 4-0 to win the Stanley Cup. (Photo by Jeff Vinnick/NHLI via Getty Images)

Tim Thomas during Bruins Stanley Cup parade

BOSTON, MA - JUNE 18:Tim Thomas of the Boston Bruins, react to cheers a Stanley Cup victory parade on June 18, 2011 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)