The New York Islanders have acquired veteran goaltender Tim Thomas from the Boston Bruins in exchange for a conditional second round pick in either the 2014 or 2015 NHL Draft, as seen on the Islanders' official site.
According to ESPN, Thomas still has no intention of playing during the 2013 season despite being traded to a new team. He'll remain suspended by the Islanders, a move that was first made by the Bruins, which will allow the Islanders to hold his rights all without actually having to pay the 38-year-old.
The move - one that's pretty surprising - appears to have been strictly motivated by salary. By shipping Thomas off to the Islanders, the Bruins can officially wipe Thomas' contract off the books, effectively giving themselves room to add another piece to their lineup if they so desire. According to Cap Geek, with Thomas now off the roster the Bruins will have approximately $7 million in free space.
As for the Islanders, the situation is the exac...