Niagara IceDogs (OHL) general manager and head coach Marty Williamson told Tuesday that the team is not expecting to have defenseman Dougie Hamilton back next season. Hamilton, the Bruins' ninth overall pick in the 2011 draft, had 17 goals and 55 assists for 72 points in 50 games for the IceDogs while playing between 25-28 minutes a night and occasionally logging more than 30 minutes a game. 

The Bruins traded the rights to restricted free agent Benoit Pouliot to the Tampa Bay Lightning Saturday in exchange for forward Michel Ouellet and the 131st pick in this weekend's draft. With the draft pick the Bruins selected forward Seth Griffith. (To read more about Griffith, click here.)

Pouliot, who totaled 16 goals and 16 assists for 32 points last season, had signed a one-year, $1.1 million deal with the Bruins last July 1.

The Bruins selected goaltender Malcolm Subban with their first round pick (24th overall) of the 2012 NHL draft on Friday.

Subban, brother of Canadiens defenseman P.K. Subban, played for the Belleville Bulls of the Ontario Hockey League last year, and was the top-ranked North American goaltending prospect by NHL Central Scouting. In the 2011-12 season with the Bulls, Subban recorded a 2.50 GAA and a .923 save percentage in 39 games played. The Rexdale, Ontario native is 6-foot-1 and weighs 188 pounds.

Bruins goaltender Tim Thomas has waived his no-movement clause, according to GM Peter Chiarelli, which could create an opportunity for Boston to deal the veteran -- Thomas' NMC was set to expire on July 1. According to the Bruins, teams have already inquired about his availability.

Tyler Seguin will always have a special place in his heart for the NHL draft. After all, it was just two short years ago that the draft defined the then-18-year-old Plymouth Whalers star center.

Bruins captain Zdeno Chara was named a second-team NHL All-Star Wednesday, marking the sixth time he's been named an All-Star for a full season. 

It's Chara's fourth time being named to the second team, as he's been a first-team All-Star twice in his career. He had a career-best 52 points (12 goals, 40 assists) during the regular season with a plus-33 rating to lead all defensemen. 

Bruins forward Patrice Bergeron won the Frank J. Selke Trophy Wednesday night, earning for the first time in his career the coveted awarded for the forward “who best excels in the defensive aspects of the game.” Bergeron beat out St. Louis' David Backes and three-time winner Pavel Datsyuk. 

During the regular season, Bergeron led the NHL in plus/minus (plus-36) and was second in faceoff percentage (59.3). He has never won the Selke in his career.

Ottawa defenseman Erik Karlsson beat Bruins captain Zdeno Chara for the Norris Trophy Wednesday night. The award is given to "the defensive player who demonstrates throughout the season the greatest all-around ability in the position."


The late, great Terry Kath once sang that he wanted to be free. There aren't many Bruins who can identify with that, thanks to what Peter Chiarelli has cultivated in Boston.

On a conference call with general manager Peter Chiarelli and teammate Gregory Campbell Wednesday, Bruins forward Chris Kelly said that passing up free agency was an easy decision. On Monday the veteran forward agreed in principal to a four-year, $12 million deal that he won't officially sign until July 1 because of what Chiarelli called "payroll tagging issues."

Kelly, who scored a career-high 20 goals and 39 points last season, skipped testing the open market in order to remain with the Bruins. He said Wednesday that it was his plan all along.