Peter Chiarelli finally found someone to take Tim Thomas off his hands in the New York Islanders. In return, the Boston Bruins receive a conditional second round pick. If Thomas does not play at least one game this season, the Bruins do not get the pick.
Thomas' pro-rated $5 million salary has counted against the Bruins this season. The trade removes that from the Bruins books and gives Chiarelli some more freedom to add to the team this season.
"It doesn't mean we'll go out and get somebody now because we have cap space," Chiarelli said. "But if there are good deals that come early, you have to be in the ballgame. We're in the ballgame now. That was the proactive approach that we wanted to take here."
The Islanders don't appear to have a need for another goaltender, but it does allow general manager Garth Snow to make other moves while still staying above the salary cap floor.
"This acquisition allows us flexibility with our roster moving forward," Snow said in a statement.
Thomas won the Vezina and Conn Smythe Trophies during the Bruins 2011 Stanley Cup championship run. He begin to fall out of favors with the Bruins and their fans when he decided to skip the team visit to the White House the next season. At the end of last season he announced that he was taking the season off and later announced that he intended to play next season.
"He was a great, significant part of our Stanley Cup-winning team. He had a very good career here, and I can't say enough about his contribution to the team," Chiarelli said. "The journey he took us on in the Stanley Cup was amazing, and I was happy to be along for the ride."
Thomas clearly did not factor into the Bruins future in net. With Tuuka Rask playing well to start the season and looking like a No. 1 goalie, the Bruins had no need for Thomas.
Thomas was 196-121-45 with a 2.48 goals against average and a .921 save percentage in 378 games with the Bruins.
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