The news was originally reported by Eklund of Hockey Buzz and was subsequently confirmed by Katie Strang of ESPN New York. According to Arthur Staple of Newsday, the Bruins will receive a conditional second-round draft pick in either the 2014 or 2015 NHL Draft.
Thomas was sitting out the 2013 season so that he could focus on his friends, family and faith. With one-year remaining on a four-year, $20 million contract that carried an annual average value of $5 million against the salary cap, Thomas' decision to sit out the year was somewhat problematic for the Bruins.
This led some to speculate that the team would move the 38-year-old goaltender to a team that needed to get above the salary cap floor. This, according to Staple, is the reasoning behind the Islanders acquiring Thomas.
The team needed to get above the cap floor by Friday. By acquiring Thomas the team is insured to be above it.