Bruins Trade Lucic, Hamilton and Collect Draft Picks

USATSI_8492554_154158418_lowresThe Boston Bruins have traded forward Milan Lucic to the Los Angeles Kings for goalie Martin Jones, prospect Colin Miller and the 13th overall selection in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft.

This deal comes on the heels of another Boston deal earlier that saw them trade defenceman Dougie Hamilton to the Calgary Flames for the 15th overall selection in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft and the 45th and 52nd overall selections in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft.

With the dust settled, the Bruins will walk into Friday’s draft in just a few hours with the picks 13, 14 and 15. But they’ve also dropped a lot to get there.

It was initially thought that the Vancouver Canucks were in on the Lucic deal, with many trade rumours clocking him as returning home. He played his junior hockey with the Vancouver Giants, after all, and it seemed like a nice fit.

Lucic has a year left on a contract worth $6 million and was willing to waive it for a few select teams, including the Canucks and the Kings (obviously). One has to imagine the Kings will give him a greater chance at winning another Stanley Cup, so the deal works out reasonably well for him as an individual player. Vancouver was always a long shot in that department.

Speaking of Vancouver, the goalie in the deal is from North Vancouver. 25-year-old Jones suited up for 15 games for the Kings this season, putting up a 4-5-2 record with a save percentage of .906 and a goals against average of 2.25. He had three shutouts.

Of course, this run of deals has many in Boston asking if general manager Don Sweeney has lost his marbles. He’s picking up a selection of mid-first round picks for the draft and must have some kind of master plan, right? One doesn’t just trade away Lucic and Hamilton without having some kind of master plan, right?

There is talk that Sweeney is looking to use his bundle of picks to move up in the draft, like all the way up to the third overall pick where the Bruins would theoretically take Noah Hanifan. If he can pull this off, Friday will look like his day. If not, he’ll look like the moron many Boston fans are insisting he is at the moment.


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