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Thursday, February 7, 2013

Timmy Time on Long Island?

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Timmy Time on Long Island?

There has been buzz throughout the NHL this season about the potential for a big name goaltender to be moved. That day finally came of Thursday, but it was hardly the name most expected. The Boston Bruins have shipped two-time Vezena Trophy winner Tim Thomas to the New York Islanders for a conditional 2nd round pick.

Don't jump out of your seats just yet Islander fans. The 38 year-old Thomas has yet to step on the ice in 2013. He alerted the Bruins over the summer of his plans to take the 2012-13 season off for "personal reasons." He did however make it clear that this is not the desired end to his hockey career, hoping to return for the 2013-14 season and hopefully once again represent Team USA at the 2014 Olympics.

So with Thomas' situation being well known in all circles across the NHL, why in their right minds would New York trade for the M.I.A. aging goaltender? Surely they have plenty of cash tied up in mega bust Rich Dipietro and former Sharks standout Evgeni Nabakov. The answer in simple -- the salary cap floor.

Terrible excuse right? Well, teams like the Islanders have until mid-night Friday to reach the $44million salary cap floor. Thomas' $5million cap hit along with the return from Russia for defensemen Lubomir Visnovsky and his $5.6 million hit get them there. And hey, maybe Thomas has a change of heart and can either be lured back by former fellow American goaltender Garth Snow and company or simply misses the game and wants to play again.

Either way the Tim Thomas soap opera in Boston has finally come to a close. Its Tukka Time in Beantown. Is it Timmy Time on the Island?

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