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.
‘We were in a position to be able to react accordingly if we felt that was necessary,’ Sweeney said of offer sheets.
‘I think the more important part was that I didn’t believe that Dougie would have been comfortable in Boston going forward.’