The Bruins have traded two-time Vezina Trophy winner Tim Thomas to the New York Islanders, the team confirmed Thursday.
According to the team, the Bruins will receive a conditional second-round draft pick in 2014 or 2015. Thomas told the Bruins last summer that he did not intend to play this season, and it's not known now if he has changed his mind or if the Islanders have acquired him in hopes of his coming out of semi-retirement.
Thomas, 38, told Boston general manager Peter Chiarelli last summer, upon making his decision, that he hoped to return to hockey after this season, with an eye on possibly playing again for Team USA in the 2014 Olympics in Sochi, Russia.
Thomas, who carries a $5 million salary cap hit, would have been paid a pro-rated $3 million if he had played this season. However, his pro-rated $5 million cap hit has counted against the Bruins' salary cap this season. His trade to the Islanders now would remove that number from the Boston payroll.
Thomas played in 378 regular-season games for the Bruins and led them to the Stanley Cup championship in 2011. He had a 196-121-45 record in the regular season and was 29-21 in the postseason.