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Update: According to the New York Post, if the Islanders were to toll Tim Thomas contract and he doesn't return to the NHL his cap hit would go away at the conclusion of this season.
Reports have surfaced that the Islanders have acquired goalie Tim Thomas from the Bruins for a conditional second round pick in 2014 or 2015.
According to Arthur Staple, the move was cap related and was to ensure they would be above the cap floor for this season at all times. Also, the trade only goes through if Thomas suits up for one game as an Islander.
So instead of getting someone that can actually help the team, the Islanders go out and get a guy whose cap hit will count for the rest of the season and they wont have to pay him a dime and when he doesn't play for the team they wont lose their second round pick either. Charles Wang must be in heaven right now! I guess it would be to much to ask if they actually made a deal to fill a need.