As first reported by HOCKEYBUZZ.com and verified by Arthur Staple of Newsday and Katie Strang of ESPN, the Boston Bruins have traded goaltender Tim Thomas to the NY Islanders for a conditional second round pick in 2014 or 2015. More to follow.

Thomas dealt to Islanders.

Thomas dealt to Islanders.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Staple is reporting the Islander made this move, not because they’ve convince Thomas to play this season, but rather to become salary cap compliant. The club needed to be over the salary cap floor by Friday, February 8. Thomas’ cap hit is $5 million. The conditional pick could be based upon if the Islanders re-sign Thomas after this season. No reaction yet from Thomas regarding the move, but it’s unlikely he’ll change his plans to take the remainder of this season off.

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3 Responses to Islanders Acquire Tim Thomas.

  1. Dave says:

    Boston now has cap space.time to trade for a big name player to help win the cup this year.

  2. Jason says:

    Did that site finally get something right?

  3. gameon63 says:

    as much as i don’t like the Bruins i like Thomas even less and love that his putting the Bruins in a tough spot could end with him having to either play for the Islanders for at least one year (or less should they trade him) or be out of hockey all together. it’s my understanding that the Islanders could opt to hold his rights in perpetuity (for a $5 million Cap reduction) should he decide he doesn’t want to play for them either. his deciding to take a year off was the final straw for Boston as his me first attitude had become a huge distraction.

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