Originally written on Kukla's Korner  |  Last updated 10/15/14
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It's usually a big deal when a future Hall of Famer gets traded.  If Tim Thomas returns to the NHL and he is motivated to play at a high level today's trade could be a big deal someday.  Right now it is a trade that has been made for bookkeeping reasons and to allow teams to try to circumvent their CBA responsibilities. Tim Thomas has been traded from the Boston Bruins to the New York Islanders for a conditional second round pick.  The understanding is that the islanders will give up the pick only if Thomas plays for them or if he is traded to another team where he plays.  Its a cheap price for the best goaltender in the "inter-lockout" period from 2005 to 2012.  The problem is that it isn't clear if Thomas will play. Thomas chose to take this season off.  He had alienated himself from his Boston Bruins teammates with his political views.  He chose not to join his teammates when they met with President Barack Obama after they won the Stanley Cup.  From that...
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