Thornton: Tim Thomas trade a 'non-factor'

Thornton: Tim Thomas trade a 'non-factor'
February 8, 2013, 4:01 pm
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Tim Thomas was traded to the New York Islanders on Thursday for a conditional second round pick.

Bruins tough guy Shawn Thornton joined Mike Felger and Mike Milbury on CSNNE's Cross Check where he discussed what the trade means to the team.

In short, not much.

"I think it's a non-factor for us," Thornton said about the trade. "It's probably just a cap move. it frees up money for us. It gives money to their low end, or whatever I heard they had to be by a certain number by tomorrow. It's a good move for both clubs."

There were some reports that Thomas had alienated himself from the rest of the team last season, marching to the beat of his own drum. Felger asked Thornton if the guys were sick of him, of which Thomas said no.

"He wasn't around this year, so it doesn't really matter," Thomas said. "He's a goalie, he's his own person. He stopped pucks and that's all that matters to me. I mean, he's a different personality than Tuukka obviously. Tuukka's more one of the boys and all that stuff. But Timmy was good with the guys. There were some distractions I guess last year, people made them out to be distractions. But if he stops the puck, who cares? He was a big reason why we won the Cup."