SUNRISE, Fla. –€” Bruins general manager Don Sweeney met with the media at BB&T Center Friday following his trades of Dougie Hamilton and Milan Lucic.

SUNRISE, Fla. ‘€” Bruins general manager Don Sweeney met with the media at BB&T Center Friday following his trades of Dougie Hamilton and Milan Lucic. Much of the session focused on Hamilton, who was sent to the Flames Friday afternoon for the 15th, 45th and 52nd picks of this weekend’€™s draft.

Sweeney said that Hamilton turned down significant money from Boston as the team tried to sign the restricted free agent to-be, but that the player rejected it. A source told WEEI.com shortly after that none of the offers extended by the Bruins exceeded $6 million in average annual value.

As such, it isn’t a big surprise that the sides weren’t able to come to terms. Hamilton’s experience and numbers gave him some pricey comparable players, and as such he figured to command anywhere from $6 million to $7 million on a long-term deal.

The general manager noted that the fear of losing Hamilton to an offer sheet factored into the decision to trade him, but that the issues signing him were the ultimate reason he was moved.

‘€œWe were in a position to be able to react accordingly if we felt that was necessary,’€ Sweeney said of offer sheets.

‘€œI think the more important part was that I didn’€™t believe that Dougie would have been comfortable in Boston going forward.’€

Blog Author: 
DJ Bean

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Don Sweeney made his second monumental trade of Friday evening, sending Milan Lucic to the Kings for the 13th overall pick, defenseman prospect Colin Miller and restricted free agent goaltender Martin Jones.

According to Elliotte Friedman of Hockey Night and Canada, the Bruins and Kings have agreed on a trade that will send Milan Lucic to Los Angeles.

Friedman reported Friday evening that Bruins will receive the 13th overall pick and goaltender Martin Jones in exchange for Lucic.

By getting the 13th overall pick, the Bruins now have three consecutive picks in the first round. The B’€™s are slotted at No. 14 and acquired the 15th pick from the Flames in the Dougie Hamilton trade.

Lucic, 27, is entering the final year of a three-year contract that carries a $6 million cap hit. As of Friday afternoon, the Bruins had not talked to Lucic’€™s representatives about extending him.

Blog Author: 
DJ Bean

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — After trading Dougie Hamilton to the Flames, the Bruins signed defenseman Adam McQuaid to a four-year contract with an average annual value of $2.75 million.

The deal leaves the Bruins with $62,591,667 against the cap committed to 16 players. The salary cap for next season is $71.4 million.

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — After trading Dougie Hamilton to the Flames, the Bruins signed defenseman Adam McQuaid to a four-year contract with an average annual value of $2.75 million.

The deal leaves the Bruins with $62,591,667 against the cap committed to 16 players. The salary cap for next season is $71.4 million.

Blog Author: 
DJ Bean

Dougie Hamilton

Dougie Hamilton

The Bruins have traded Dougie Hamilton to the Flames in exchange for the 15th, 45th and 52nd picks in this year’s draft.

Hamilton, the ninth overall pick in the 2011 draft, is one of the NHL‘€˜s top young defensemen at 22 years old. He is coming off his entry level contract and is in line to become a restricted free agent on July 1. Though the Bruins had talks with his agent, J.P. Barry, the sides never came close to a deal.

Trading Hamilton presents a major risk for the Bruins, who are giving up one of their best players and weakening a defense that now has no star power behind 38-year-old Zdeno Chara.

The Bruins have now traded all three players they selected with the picks from the 2009 Phil Kessel trade in 2010 second overall pick Tyler Seguin, Hamilton and 2010 second-round pick Jared Knight.

Blog Author: 
DJ Bean

The Bruins have traded Dougie Hamilton to the Flames in exchange for the 15th, 45th and 52nd picks in this year’s draft.

According to multiple reports (first reported by Hockey Night in Canada’s Elliotte Friedman), the Bruins have traded defenseman Dougie Hamilton to the Flames. The return is not yet known.

Hamilton, the ninth overall pick in the 2011 draft, is one of the NHL‘s top young defensemen at 22 years old. He is coming off his entry level contract and is in line to become a restricted free agent on July 1. Though the Bruins had talks with his agent, J.P. Barry, the sides never came close to a deal.

Trading Hamilton presents a major risk for the Bruins, who are giving up one of their best players and weakening a defense that now has no star power behind 38-year-old Zdeno Chara.

The Bruins have now traded all three players they selected with the picks from the 2009 Phil Kessel trade in 2010 second overall pick Tyler Seguin, Hamilton and 2010 second-round pick Jared Knight.

Blog Author: 
DJ Bean

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. –€” Milan Lucic is playing the waiting game.

With the draft hours away and speculation — perhaps most of which is incorrect –€” growing at its typical rate, the 27-year-old is unsure of whether he will be dealt. The sides have not been in touch, so Lucic does not know the team’€™s intentions.

Lucic has submitted a list of 15 teams to which he would accept a trade, as requested by Don Sweeney, though the general manager noted Thursday that he has gotten lists from every Bruins player with a partial no-trade. That group consists of Lucic, Loui Eriksson, Brad Marchand and Chris Kelly.

Lucic confirmed to WEEI.com Friday that the Canucks are on his list of acceptable teams, as first reported by Dhiren Mahiban of the Canadian Press. Lucic grew up in Vancouver and played both minor and junior hockey in the area, most notably starring for the Vancouver Giants of the Western Hockey League from 2005 to 2007.

Steve Conroy of the Boston Herald reported Friday that the Sharks, Kings and Ducks are also on Lucic’s list. The other 11 teams are unknown.

Lucic is entering the final year of a three-year contract that commands a $6 million cap hit. Because of Boston’€™s desire for cap flexibility and uncertainty as to what Lucic might command on his next deal, Lucic could be a trade candidate.

Sweeney said last month that he intended to get a feel for Lucic’€™s contract demands before deciding how to proceed. It is believed that Sweeney and Lucic’€™s agent have not had any contract talks of substance.

Blog Author: 
DJ Bean