Thornton: Tim Thomas trade a 'non-factor'

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Thornton: Tim Thomas trade a 'non-factor'

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."

Haggerty's Morning Skate: NHL teams aren't just making trades for themselves ahead of deadline

Haggerty's Morning Skate: NHL teams aren't just making trades for themselves ahead of deadline

Here are all the hockey links from around the world, and what I’m reading while feeling like Warren Beatty took the sneaky way out by handing that wrong Academy Award card to Faye Dunaway last night. Clearly he knew something was amiss and he let her step into it. Kind of a weasel move if you asked me.

-- An interesting letter from FOH (Friend of Haggs) James Mirtle about the pay wall involving The Athletic sports website in Toronto.

-- Dean Lombardi and the Los Angeles Kings dealing for Ben Bishop is about more than just an insurance policy for Jonathan Quick.

-- FOH Mike Halford has the Minnesota Wild going for it with their trade for Martin Hanzal, but also keeping him from the other teams in the West.

-- NHL commissioner Gary Bettman says the Penguins are in great shape after winning the Cup last spring, and it’s clear they’re in good hands after Mario Lemieux and Ron Burkle opted not to sell the franchise.

-- Kyle Quincey is being held out of the lineup in New Jersey because of pending trades, and the wonder is who else in New Jersey might be getting dealt.

-- Gabriel Landeskog and his Colorado Avalanche teammates know the trade deadline is coming. It would certainly be weird if they didn’t.

-- The San Jose Sharks feel fortunate for the timing of their bye week as it was clear that they needed a break.

-- For something completely different: Gronk was busy doing Gronk things at the Daytona 500 over the weekend.