It’s been fairly evident all along that Tim Thomas wasn’t going to play for the Bruins (or anyone else) this season. The team knew that, and so did the rest of hockey.
So it may have been a little puzzling as to why the B’s unloaded Thomas to the New York Islanders for a conditional second-round pick on Thursday afternoon. But it all makes sense when you take into account salary cap considerations. Unless for some absurd reason Thomas actually plays this season, the B’s won’t see that second-round pick. However, that doesn’t mean this trade is a loss for them.
Even though Thomas forfeited his $5 million in salary which he would have received by playing this season, the Bruins still had a $5 million salary cap for Thomas. By trading him, that cap hit is now transferred to the Islanders, which helps ensure they will get to the salary floor this season.
For Peter Chiarelli and the Bruins, though, the deal makes all the sense in the world. They knew that Thomas wasn’t going to return th...