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June 10, 2012 | 11:04am ET
Is Thomas still tradable?

According to, Boston Bruins goaltender Tim Thomas could still be on the trade block though he has recently announced his decision to sit out next season.

While teams looking for a strong netminder to improve their goaltending situation have probably crossed Thomas' name off their wish list, clubs looking for a way to meet the minimum payroll floor might come knocking at the Bruins' door.

The minimum payroll floor is expected to be set at $54 million next season and Thomas' $5 million cap hit could be an interesting solution for teams struggling to meet that requirement.

Thomas could receive a $3 million salary and the team could still get his full cap hit to meet the minimum payroll floor.

However, some changes could occur with the new CBA negotiations taking place this summer as a new system could prevent clubs from keeping suspended players on the payroll.

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