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02-07-2013, 04:40 PM
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Blind Gardien
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Originally Posted by DekeLikeYouMeanIt View Post
Stupid Isles giving up a 2nd if Thomas reports. Ugh.
But they must be pretty sure he won't report. Or wouldn't pass a physical if he did, whichever.

Bruins clear cap space, so they can add in a deadline buyer trade, even if they never get the pick, win for them.

Isles get locked-in 35+ cap space so that if they trade Streit or Visnovsky or whoever they might consider trading if they end up selling at the deadline, there is no danger they go below the floor. They must have run their numbers and found it could be close if they did make somesuch moves, so wanted to add a bit more. Or Chiarelli ran them and told them about the possibility, whichever. Bonus for the Isles is that they don't have to pay Thomas anything to still get the cap hit. Maybe it's even a second bonus if they can toll his contract and get the phantom cap hit to reach next year's floor too?

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