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Thomas’ plans remain ‘status quo’, NHL fine with trade

Feb 7, 2013, 9:12 PM EDT

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As we previously reported, the New York Islanders have acquired Tim Thomas from the Boston Bruins for a conditional second round pick. The Islanders will not have to give the Bruins anything if Thomas never reports and they don’t trade him.

Based on what Thomas’ agent, Bill Zito said, Boston won’t be getting that pick anytime soon.

“Thomas’ situation is status quo,” Zito told ESPN. “As far as I know, none of this had anything to do with Tim. In fact, it was news to us when we learned of it.”

The 38-year-old goaltender decided to take the year off to “reconnect with friends, family and faith.”

When the Islanders announced the trade, GM Garth Snow said that the move would give the Islanders “flexibility with our roster moving forward.”

Thomas helps keep them over the cap floor should they chose to make additional trades down the road. So if this exchange is more about Thomas’ cap hit than his skills, is it okay by the NHL?

“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,” NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly said.

It is worth adding that the New York Islanders can toll Thomas’ contract — just as they previously did with Evgeni Nabokov — so that he would still be under their control for the 2013-14 campaign. In other words, if he Thomas wants to return next season, where he plays could very well be up to the Islanders.

  1. eigglesnosuperbowls - Feb 7, 2013 at 9:21 PM

    This is weird

  2. bruinsfan19 - Feb 7, 2013 at 9:27 PM

    Going to miss Timmy T . Thank you Thomas for everything. Sincerely a Bruins Fan

  3. nunan - Feb 7, 2013 at 9:29 PM

    Makes perfect sense to me..especially with Visnovsky. If he doesn’t want to play in NY and is a bad asset for that team, then they can get rid of him and still be above the floor, which is necessary. If they didn’t have Thomas, they couldn’t do that. It also gives them other options, should something present itself. They aren’t held hostage to the cap floor and they don’t actually have to pay TT anything this year, or ever perhaps, if they trade him.

  4. ishippineapples - Feb 7, 2013 at 10:01 PM

    Thomas may love playing for the Isles – No threat of visiting the White House anytime soon…

    • bigtganks - Feb 7, 2013 at 10:42 PM

      Now THAT was funny. Well played.

    • tsi431 - Feb 8, 2013 at 7:39 AM

      But he couldn’t live in “liberal” NY.

      • bigblackzaranek - Feb 8, 2013 at 9:02 AM

        As opposed to liberal MA?

  5. slickdemetrius - Feb 8, 2013 at 10:01 AM

    Boy, the Bruins organization really holds a grudge – trading him to the Islanders.

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