Boston Bruins goaltender Tim Thomas, who sparked the team to the 2011 Stanley Cup crown, was traded Thursday to the New York Islanders for a future draft pick, the teams announced.
Thomas won the Vezina Trophy as the NHL's top goaltender and also captured the Conn Smythe Trophy as the Most Valuable Player in the Stanley Cup playoffs in backstopping the Bruins to their first NHL crown since 1972.
Thomas took last season off and is sitting out this season to be with his family following a lockout that trimmed the season to 48 games a team. Although he is out, his $5 million salary counts against a team's payroll limits.
The Islanders will send Boston a second-round selection in the 2014 or 2015 NHL entry draft.
Thomas, 38, has played in 378 NHL regular season games, all for Boston, with a record of 196-121-45 and a 2.48 goals-against average. His 31 shutouts rank third in team history. He also has a 29-21 playoff record with six shutouts.
Thomas was a member of the 2010 US Olympic squad.