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02-08-2013, 07:15 AM
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I hadn't thought of the Vis angle. He's saying his kid's procedure's a minor one.
Hopefully, it all goes smoothly.

The deal for Thomas, in which the Islanders gave up a conditional second-round pick in either 2014 or 2015 to the Bruins, is purely a salary-cap transaction. As of Friday, the 20th day of the league season, all teams must be cap- compliant, which means over the $44.3-million floor.

The Islanders activated Lubomir Visnovsky yesterday after he passed his physical, which made them compliant. The move for Thomas, who carries a $5-million cap hit despite his being suspended by the Bruins, guards against Visnovsky's possible departure to tend to his son, who is due to have surgery in Slovakia this weekend. Thomas' cap hit still counts because the four-year, $20-million contract he signed in 2009 is an over-35 deal, which means the cap hit still is active even if the player is not.

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