Before this move the isles were at $49m. When I heard of the trade, I thought it was going to be part of a bigger move: getting DiPietro off the NYI roster. 36 yr old Nabokov has played 8 of 9 games and I'm concerned he'll be burned out.
But, Snow is saying he made the move for roster flexibility, which I'll guess means he's eying another possible move.
Man, I just came on here to see if there was any interesting conversations going on tonight. I never woulda thought I'd see a thread on Thomas actually being traded. Speculation? Sure. But the actual act of it occurring? Don't know why, but I thought he'd want to stay with the team.
Since NYI wont toll his contract at the end of this season it expires? Next season he is a free agent?
Since we tolled his contract his cap wasn't on the books?
What does this trade accomplish?
Thomas' $5 million cap hit was on the books for Boston. Boston gets his $5 million off the books and the Islanders get $5 million of cap to push them above the floor creating flexibility to trade away guys this year. The Islanders can choose to toll his contract and keep him next year (unlikely) or let it run out making Thomas a UFA.
Why else would PC trade TT? He could have just waited until 1 July if it's just about utilizing TT's cap hit on re-signing HORTON/RASK. TT's not being paid so it's not like he's saving real money with this deal. The Islanders certainly won't see him this year so I highly doubt they initiated the deal.
Guessing either or both RASK and HORTON get re-uped sooner then later or PC's making a subsequent deal in order to help the PP.