We all knew this day was coming, we just didn't know when. Today is that day. Vezina, Conn Smythe and Stanley Cup Champion Tim Thomas has been traded to the New York Islanders, the Land of Misfit Goalies.
Reports out there are correct: #Isles have acquired G Tim Thomas for a conditional 2nd-rounder in either 2014 or 2015.
— Arthur Staple (@StapeNewsday) February 7, 2013
First off, we love the work Thomas did while in Boston. There's no 2010-2011 Stanley Cup Banner without him.
Secondly, great work by Peter Chiarelli for snagging a second rounder out of an aging goaltender. Who knows what the Islanders will be like in '14 or '15 (probably about the same) so that pick could be pretty decent. And a second rounder for a guy who isn't playing this year and who knows has how many years left in the tank is pretty darn good. Also, the pick is conditional sooooo whatevs.
The Boston Bruins only get a draft pick from the Islanders for Tim Thomas if he reports to them or any other team if NYI trade his rights.
— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) February 7, 2013
Either way, Chia offshored $5M cap hit this season. This is also a good deal for the Islanders who seem to be collecting goaltenders. But Thomas wants to play again next year and if there's anyone who can make a comeback it's Tim Thomas.
Question is: WIth that new found cap space is Chia planning on making some other moves?
We'll do a bigger post later, honoring the amazing and sometimes bizarre legacy Thomas leaves behind in Boston.