Boston Trades Thomas To Islanders For Cap Relief

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According to reports, the Boston Bruins have sent goaltender Tim Thomas to the New York Islanders for a conditional 2nd round draft pick in either 2014 or 2015.

The Islanders needed to get above the cap floor by tomorrow and made the move in order to do so. Boston on the other hand, made the move to free up some cap space for potential future moves.

The Bruins will only get the pick if Thomas decides to report to the Islanders or another team if New York trades his rights.

Thomas told the Bruins shortly after last seasons end that he would not be playing this season. Although he is not getting paid for not reporting, his cap hit still counts towards the salary cap for he is above the age of 35.

The 38-year old is set to become an unrestricted free-agent July 5th and plans on returning to the NHL next season in hopes of representing the USA national team in next year’s Winter Olympics.

With the move, the Bruins have freed themselves of $5 million in pro-rated cap space.

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