BOSTON—In a couple ways, Tim Thomas is starting over.
The Boston Bruins veteran goaltender began training camp Saturday with the medical clearance to practice as much as he deemed fit in his effort to return from offseason left hip labrum surgery.
The practice also marked the beginning of Thomas' attempt to win back the starting goaltender job from Tuukka Rask, who as a rookie last year took over for Thomas late in the season.
The was a surprise, but Thomas didn't play as well last year after winning the 2008-09 Vezina Trophy as the league's top goaltender. He won't say how exactly much the hip bothered him last year, but he is glad to be back.