The NY Islanders need to add some salary before the start of the upcoming NHL season, and with the team also needs some help in the net, it makes the latest trade rumors a possibility.
New York is still $5 million below the salary cap floor, and a trade for Thomas would lift the team's salary to the $54.2 million needed for the 2012-13 season. The Islanders finished 14th in the Eastern Conference last season and only had two teams in the East allow more goals, and while Thomas has plenty of off-ice problems to deal with, the 38-year-old has won 70 games over the last two seasons for the Boston Bruins.
Boston has decided to go with a younger player in net, and Thomas is likely done playing for the Bruins, but finding a team to take him and his salary become an issue. The NY Islanders are one of the few teams that have the money to spend and have a need for a goalie.
The Bruins won't ask for much in compensation as they just want Thomas gone, and that would allow New York to keep the talent they have and likely just use a future draft pick or two in a deal.
With no new CBA in place, the start of the 2012-13 NHL season is in doubt. Trades like this, however, can still take place, and both teams are looking for changes, making this a win-win for both sides.