Snow: Acquiring Thomas gives Isles roster flexibility
by Christian Arnold/Correspondent
The Islanders have acquired goaltender Tim Thomas from the Boston Bruins for a second round pick, according to multiple reports.
The trade, which was first reported by Hockeybuzz.com, sends the rights for the controversial goaltender to the Islanders. In exchange they will send a conditional second round pick in either the 2014 or 2015 draft.
Newsday’s Arthur Staple notes the move is most likely a salary cap related swap in order to keep the Isles from falling below the cap floor. Thomas carries a $5 million salary cap hit.
“We have acquired an asset for our organization,” Islanders general manager Garth Snow said in a statement. “This acquisition allows us flexibility with our roster moving forward.”
Thomas helped lead the Bruins to a Stanley Cup championship in 2011 and posted a 2.36 goals against average and .921 save percentage in the 2011-12 season. But Thomas created controversy after skipping the Bruins visit to the White House due to political reasons.
And after last season, he told the Bruins he would be taking a year off from hockey.
Another stipulation to the deal is it requires Thomas to actually suit up for the Islanders. Otherwise, the Bruins will not receive the second round pick.