February 7, 2013

Bruins dump Thomas, cap hit on Isles for conditional pick

By Jesse Connolly

Tim Thomas' hockey hiatus isn't expected to be impacted by his trade to the Islanders. (Getty Images)

While you were busy stocking up on canned goods, loading up your flashlight with fresh batteries and preparing for tomorrow’s potentially historic blizzard, the Boston Bruins went and traded a man who’s already been hunkered down in his proverbial bunker for some time now.

General manager Peter Chiarelli sent Tim Thomas to the Islanders in exchange for a second-round draft pick. The pick is contingent upon Thomas reporting for duty which, at this juncture, isn't expected to happen.

Chiarelli reiterated Thomas’ intentions to sit out the season just after the lockout ended last month. The two-time Vezina Trophy winner counted against Boston’s cap.

It is assumed that the Islanders are acquiring him to stay above the cap floor ($44 million). They’re now safely above it at $53 million with Thomas’ $5 million on the books. Islanders GM Garth Snow (Wrentham, Mass.) told Newsday the swap gives his team “roster flexibility,” thus giving him room to maneuver if he wants to trade out any key cogs later in the 2013 campaign.

Chiarelli will speak with the media on a conference call at 6:15pm.

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