The New York Islanders lost 4-1 to the New York Rangers a few hours after acquiring four-time All- Star goaltender Tim Thomas in a trade from Boston.
J.T. Miller had two goals as the Rangers won at their Madison Square Garden home last night. Marian Gaborik and Ryan McDonagh added goals for the Rangers in the season’s first game between the New York teams. John Tavares scored for the Islanders.
Thomas, a two-time Vezina Trophy winner as the best goaltender in the National Hockey League, has not played this season after telling the Bruins he’ll sit out the campaign to spend more time with family and friends.
“We have acquired an asset for our organization,” Islanders General Manager Garth Snow said in a team release. “This acquisition allows us flexibility with our roster moving forward.”
It was not immediately clear whether Thomas, 38, who has spent all eight of his NHL seasons in Boston and helped the Bruins win the Stanley Cup in 2011, will play this season for the Islanders.
The Islanders said they got the goalie in exchange for a conditional second-round draft pick in 2014 or 2015.
Thomas, who helped lead the U.S. to the silver medal at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, had one year left on a four-year, $20 million contract when he told the Bruins last June that he would skip the 2012-13 season.
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