Originally written on BruinsLife  |  Last updated 11/16/14
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Bruins fans were shocked in June when star goaltender Tim Thomas announced he would be taking the year off from hockey in order to spend more time with his family. Some people became angered by this, which is a bit shallow. You need to respect Thomas for his decision. He's 38 years old, and he's not getting any younger. As a goaltender in the NHL, you have very little time to spend with your family, and Thomas felt that little bit wasn't enough. Today, Bruins fans waved goodbye to Thomas as it was announced that he had officially been traded to the New York Islanders. In return for Thomas, the Bruins received a conditional second round pick in either 2014 or 2015. The trade was mostly a cap-related one, with the Bruins trying to clear salary, and the Islanders trying to add some in order to stay above the salary cap floor. Thomas had a year left on his four year, twenty million dollar contract that the Bruins no longer have to worry about (even though they didn't have to pay him a...
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