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Bruins trade Thomas to Islanders

Bruins goalie Tim Thomas hoists the cup with the help of teammate Patrice in game 7 of NHL Stanley Cup Final hockey at Rogers Arena in Vancouver, Wednesday, June 15, 2011. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

The New York Islanders have acquired goalie Tim Thomas from the Boston Bruins in exchange for conditional second-round pick in 2014 or 2015.

The deal is believed to be salary-cap related as the Islanders need to be above the cap floor by Friday.

Thomas announced in the summer that he planned on sitting out the shortened 2012-13 season and he is not expected to suit up for the Islanders.

In the summer, Thomas wrote on his Facebook page that he was making the decision to sit out the final year of his contract to focus on other aspects of his life.

“At the age of 38, I believe it is time to put my time and energies into those areas and relationships that I have neglected,” Thomas stated. “That is why at this time I feel the most important thing I can do in my life is to reconnect with the three F’s. Friends, Family, and Faith.”

The 38-year-old led the Bruins to a Stanley Cup championship in the 2010-11 season, where he was awarded Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP. Thomas is a two-time (2009 and 2011) Vezina Trophy winner as the league’s top netminder and won a silver medal at the Vancouver 2010 Games with the United States.