SUNRISE, Fla. ‘€” With the first of three consecutive picks, the Bruins selected Saint John (QMJHL) defenseman Jakub Zboril 13th overall. The B’€™s then went with Swift Current (WHL) left wing Jake DeBrusk with the 14th pick.

Zboril is a well-rounded left-shot defenseman who stands at 6-foot-0 3/4 and 184 pounds. The Czech blueliner was considered the fourth-best defenseman in this year’€™s draft class behind Noah Hanifin (Hurricanes), Ivan Provorov (Flyers) and Zach Werenski (Blue Jackets), all of whom were selected in the first eight picks.

The 5-foot-11 3/4, 174-pound DeBrusk was the 19th-ranked North American skater by NHL Central Scouting. The Edmonton native scored 42 goals last season for the Broncos, adding 39 assists for 81 points in 72 games. The Bruins very thin at left wing organizationally following Friday evening’s trade of Milan Lucic.

Blog Author: 
DJ Bean

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