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The New York Islanders have acquired Tim Thomas from the Boston Bruins in exchange for a conditional second-round draft pick in either 2014 or 2015.

TSN’s Bob McKenzie notes the Bruins will only receive the pick if Thomas reports to the Isles, or if they trade his rights.

Thomas, 38, has not played this year after taking a sabbatical from hockey to “reconnect with friends, family and faith” in early June.

The former Conn Smythe and Vezina winner said he planned on returning for the 2013-14 season, but that he only wanted to play for Boston.

Prior to the trade, Boston had been stuck with Thomas’ cap hit, though it did receive some financial relief by suspending him, meaning the Bruins didn’t have to pay his salary.

Thomas will also play a role in New York’s financials as well.

“We have acquired an asset for our organization,” Isles GM Garth Snow said of the trade. “This acquisition allows us flexibility with our roster moving forward.”

New York, currently operating with the NHL’s smallest payroll (just over $49 million), already has two goalies under contract — Rick DiPietro ($4.5 million cap hit until 2021) and Evgeni Nabokov, who carries at $2.75 million cap hit this season.

Thomas has one year remaining on the four-year, $20 million deal (average annual cap hit of $5 million) he signed in 2009.

The trade, first reported by blogger Eklund and confirmed by Arthur Staples of Newsday, sees the Bruins receive a conditional second round pick in either 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.

http://nhl.si.com/2013/02/07/bruins-trade-tim-thomas-to-islanders/#

:blink: I guess he gets one right every few years.

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Florida Panthers trade Keaton Ellerby to Los Angeles Kings for a fifth round draft pick.

Pittsburgh Penguins trade Ben Lovejoy to Anaheim Ducks for a fifth round draft pick (2014).

Los Angeles Kings trade Andrei Loktionov to New Jersey Devils for a fifth round draft pick.

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Florida Panthers trade Keaton Ellerby to Los Angeles Kings for a fifth round draft pick.

Pittsburgh Penguins trade Ben Lovejoy to Anaheim Ducks for a fifth round draft pick (2014).

Los Angeles Kings trade Andrei Loktionov to New Jersey Devils for a fifth round draft pick.

Business is starting to pick up

TRADE CLOWE

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