Tim Thomas will likely never play for the Islanders, but acquiring his contract makes sense. (Winslow Townson/AP)
By Allan Muir
Tim Thomas, the man who was an island unto himself in Boston’s locker room, is now an Islander.
At least as far as the salary cap bean-counters are concerned.
The trade, first reported by blogger Eklund and confirmed by Arthur Staples of Newsday, has the Bruins receiving a conditional second round pick in 2014 or 2015 for the netminder who chose a life of seclusion in Colorado over playing out the final season of his four-year, $20 million contract with Boston.
The condition, though, is that Thomas play at least one game for the Isles. Since that’s unlikely to happen, the deal is all about swapping cap dollars rather than tangible assets.
Giving away the world-class goaltender who led the team to the Stanley Cup just two years ago isn’t as crazy as it might seem.