Can the Isles Get Tim Thomas?
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06-27-2012, 09:08 AM
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Picking him up would be playing games with the salary cap. If he doesn't report, since he's on an >35 contract, the Isles still get his $5 million cap hit.
1) If you don't know if he's going to report, you get a lot of goalie uncertainty (a 4-headed monster - Nabakov-Dipietro-Thomas-another backup?) If you're going to need to pull Bridgeport's goalie regularly, then the Isles need to re-sign Montoya, or bring Koskinen in from Europe, etc, it becomes a mess.
2) Thomas won't be given to us for free, he'll cost us a decent prospect or a good draft pick (and we don't have our 2013 2nd-rounder any more).
It might not be an issue for Boston, but if they keep him it will eat up 5M of there salary cap. If they need that space they will dump him for as cheap as possible(they might even have to give a team something to take the contract, hence why I said pick him up for the price of free). If Boston basically plans to spend to the upper cap limit they will be looking for options to unload his contract(assuming he doesn't change his mind in the next 3 months)
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