Bruins trade Tim Thomas to the Islanders
- Updated: February 7, 2013
- Eklund via twitter: The Islanders have traded for goalie Tim Thomas.
- Arthur Staple via twitter: The Islanders send a conditional 2nd round pick in either 2014 or 2015 to the Bruins for Tim Thomas.
- Arthur Staple via twitter: 2nd round pick is conditional on Thomas playing at least 1 game for the Islanders. GM Garth Snow: “This move gives us roster flexibility.”
- Bob McKenzie via twitter: “The Boston Bruins only get a draft pick from the Islanders for Tim Thomas if he reports to them or any other team if NYI trade his rights.”
- Arthur Staple via twitter: “Move is cap-related — #Isles needed to be over the floor by tomorrow, needed insurance against not being cap compliant the entire season.”
- Dan Tencer via twitter: “Cap circumvention at its finest: Islanders get above floor just in time for deadline by trading for a guy they know they don’t have to pay.
- Pierre LeBrun via twitter: Bill Daly: “As long as a Player has an active contract that he has the right to return to absent unusual circumstances, our view is that he remains a “hockey asset” that a Club has a right to trade or acquire.
- Arthur Staple via twitter: The Islanders are unlikely to “toll” Thomas’ contract.
- B.D. Gallof via twitter: “What is not SAID here is if future trades would happen to place #isles under the cap.”
- Jim Matheson via twitter: Matheson thinks that this is the type of deal that Bettman should step in and squash.
Thomas carries a $5 million salary cap hit and a $3 million salary.