Peter Chiarelli (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Peter Chiarelli (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli said Saturday that he traded defenseman Johnny Boychuk due to the team’€™s salary cap situation and because he found the return ‘€” two second-round picks and a conditional third ‘€” to be strong value. He did concede one point, however.

“This doesn’€™t make us better now, obviously,” Chiarelli said, “but it’€™s something that, when I look at it in a series of steps, I think we made the right move.”

Chiarelli mentioned “steps” throughout the press conference to discuss Saturday’€™s trade with the Islanders. When asked what his next move was, the B’€™s general manager said that there may be roster moves in the coming days.

Boychuk is a free agent at season’€™s end and figures to command big money on the open market. Chiarelli said that he did not attempt to sign Boychuk before trading him.

Moving Boychuk, while making the current roster worse, gives the team one less big name to sign before the start of next season. Dougie Hamilton, Torey Krug and Reilly Smith will all be restricted free agents, while Carl Soderberg will be an unrestricted free agent. Though the salary cap is expected to go up from it’€™s current $69 million ceiling, the already have $49,897,857 against the salary cap committed to 10 players (not including Marc Savard) for the 2015-16 season.

“We’€™ve got a lot of people to sign,” Chiarelli said. “There’€™s a list of priorities and part of my job is to prioritize things. That’€™s a little bit of how it shakes out. I’€™d love to keep this team together player-to-player as long as I could if I felt it was prudent on the hockey front and the financial front. I’€™ve tried to keep the critical mass together and will continue to provide the right moves for the organization.”

Blog Author: 
DJ Bean

The Bruins have traded defenseman Johnny Boychuk to the Islanders for second-round picks in the 2015 and 2016 drafts and a conditional 2015 third-round pick. The B’s will get New York’s 2015 third-rounder if the Islanders trade Boychuk to an Eastern Conference team this season.

According to Arthur Staple of Newsday, the Bruins have traded defenseman Johnny Boychuk to the Islanders for second-round picks in the 2015 and 2016 drafts and a 2015 third-round pick.

Boychuk, 30, was entering the last year of his contract. His deal carries a $3.36 million cap hit and he will be an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season.

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DJ Bean

According to TSN’€™s Bob McKenzie, the Bruins placed Jordan Caron, David Warsofsky and Craig Cunningham on waivers on Saturday with the intention of sending the players to the AHL.

According to TSN’€™s Bob McKenzie, the Bruins placed Jordan Caron, David Warsofsky and Craig Cunningham on waivers on Saturday with the intention of sending the players to the AHL.

Teams will now have 24 hours to claim the players. If they go unclaimed, they will be sent to Providence.

The most notable name of the bunch is Jordan Caron, the team’€™s first-round pick in 2009. In 123 regular-season games, Caron has 12 goals and 16 assists for 28 points. He also has played in nine postseason games, with one goal.

Warsofsky, a native of Marshfield who played college hockey at Boston University, is a decent candidate to be claimed by another team, as he is an NHL-ready defenseman whose offensive play makes him a valuable power play asset. He told WEEI.com this week that though he wants to remain in the Bruins’€™ organization, his goal is to be an NHL player.

“If I’€™€™m going to be in the AHL, I’€™€™d rather be in Providence than any other city,” Warsofsky said. “€œ€œI’€™€™m comfortable down there with the coaching staff, the organization and the way they play. It’€™€™s a great city to be in if I am in the AHL, but obviously my goal is to play in the NHL, so the first opportunity, I want it to be here, but if it is somewhere else, it’€™€™s part of the business.”€

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DJ Bean

Both David Pastrnak and Ryan Spooner will be in the Bruins’€™ lineup in Saturday’€™s preseason finale against the Red Wings.

David Pastrnak

David Pastrnak

Both David Pastrnak and Ryan Spooner will be in the Bruins’€™ lineup in Saturday’€™s preseason finale against the Red Wings.

Pastrnak made his preseason debut Friday night after missing the team’€™s first five preseason games due to a shoulder injury suffered in the second practice of training camp. The 2014 first-round pick is trying to push for a roster spot in Boston, but his lack of a training camp could make it more likely that the B’€™s either start him in the AHL or return him to his pro team in Sweden.

While it is technically possible to send Pastrnak to Providence, doing so would burn a year off his entry level contract, therefore watering down some of the value of having the player on an entry level deal. Having an older Pastrnak play three seasons in the NHL would provide more value ‘€” particularly in the third year ‘€” than using up years of the deal in the minors.

What would be more logical would be to either return the player to Sweden or keep him for up to nine games into the season before either returning him or keeping him in Boston. For 18 and 19-year-old players, entry level contracts to not begin until a 10th game is played.

Spooner, meanwhile, played left wing Friday night and had two goals and an assist for the B’€™s. With the Bruins’€™ depth chart crowded down the middle and Spooner having struggled with the defensive responsibilities of center, the team is at long last giving the 2010 second-round pick a good look on the left wing.

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DJ Bean

Ryan Spooner scored twice and added an assist as the Bruins beat the Islanders, 6-1, in a preseason contest Friday in Bridgeport, Conn.

Ryan Spooner scored twice and added an assist as the Bruins beat the Islanders, 6-1, in a preseason contest Friday in Bridgeport, Conn.

Spooner, who was among seven callups the team made for the game, played wing on a line with Chris Kelly and Seth Griffith after being kept in the middle for his career with the Bruins thus far. He scored an even-strength goal in the first and added a power-play tally in the third period. Spooner scoring is noteworthy, as his inability to do so at the NHL level (no goals in 27 career NHL games) is among the things that has kept him in Providence.

The Bruins also got goals from Carl Soderberg, Seth Griffith, Daniel Paille and Reilly Smith.

David Pastrnak made his preseason debut for the B’€™s, playing right wing on a line with Daniel Paille and Alexander Khokhlachev.

Malcolm Subban started the game for the B’€™s. Their lineup was as follows:

Lucic – Soderberg – Smith
Spooner – Kelly – Griffith
Paille – Khokhlachev – Pastrnak
Florek – Cunningham – Caron

Bartkowski – Seidenberg
Krug – Miller
Breen – Trotman

The Bruins will play their final game of the preseason Saturday against the Red Wings at TD Garden.

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DJ Bean

WILMINGTON –€” David Pastrnak will make his preseason debut Friday night as the Bruins play the Islanders in Bridgeport.

Pastrnak, who suffered a shoulder injury in the second practice of training camp, skated on a line with Craig Cunningham and Daniel Paille in Friday’€™s practice.