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The trade sent back a conditional second-round pick in 2014 or 2015 to the Bruins.
The move is believed to be purely a cap-related transaction. While the Bruins receive cap space from clearing the last year of Thomas' four-year, $20 million contract from the books, the Islanders add some insurance to reach the cap floor.
The 38-year-old Thomas has not played this season, electing to sit out. A source told ESPN.com's Pierre LeBrun that Thomas still doesn't want to play this season. In addition, the Bruins did not need his permission to trade his rights; his no-trade clause disappeared after last season.
"Thomas' situation is status quo," Thomas' agent, Bill Zito, told ESPN The Magazine's Craig Custance. "As far as I know none of this had anything to do with Tim. In fact, it was news to us when we learned of it."
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