Originally written on Hockey Fan Land  |  Last updated 11/19/14

OTTAWA, ON - DECEMBER 21: Tim Thomas #30 of the Boston Bruins looks on during the game against the Ottawa Senators at Scotiabank Place on December 21, 2009 in Ottawa, Canada. (Photo by Phillip MacCallum/Getty Images)
Despite trading for former Vezina Trophy-winning goaltender Tim Thomas on Thursday, the New York Islanders have no expectation or even intention of ever having him in their net.  For one, Evgeni Nabakov has established himself as the Isles starter this season. For another, Thomas has no plans to return to the NHL, according to TSN's Bob McKenzie.  But the move still helps the Islanders because it "gives us roster flexibility," GM Garth Snow said, per Newsday's Arthur Staple. The Islanders were already over the $44.3-million salary cap floor, but adding Thomas' $5 million cap hit to their books (New York won't actually have to pay the former Boston Bruins backstop, who is on an indefinite leave of absence) would allow them to make trades later this season while staying above the minimum payroll.  It also benefits Boston, which gains the cap space Thomas's contract was eating up.Source: ESPN InsiderFor the latest NHL updates follow:@hockeyfanland on Twitter  
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