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Bruins trade goalie Thomas to Islanders

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The Boston Bruins traded suspended goaltender Tim Thomas to the New York Islanders on Thursday for a conditional a conditional second-round pick in 2014 or 2015.

Thomas, 38, was suspended by Boston after failing to report to training camp in January. He elected to take the current season off, but plans to return to NHL action next season.

Thomas led the Bruins to the Stanley Cup finals in 2011 and was awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy as most valuable player in the postseason that year. He also won the Vezina Trophy as the top goalie in the NHL in 2009 and 2011.

"He was a great, significant part of our Stanley Cup-winning team. He had a very good career here and I can't say enough about his contributions to the team," Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli said. "The journey he took us on in the Stanley Cup was amazing and I was happy to be along for the ride."

The transaction is likely motivated by the Bruins' salary cap concerns. The Bruins will receive cap space by clearing the last year of Thomas' four-year, $20 million contract from the books.

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