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

A day after trading for his rights, the Avalanche have signed Carl Soderberg to a five-year deal, according to reports from ESPN.com.

Craig Custance and Pierre LeBrun reported Friday morning that Soderberg’€™s deal carries an annual $4.75 million cap hit and has a full no-trade clause over its first two years before becoming a partial no-trade.

The Bruins notified Soderberg this offseason that they would not be offering him a new contract due to cap constraints. In exchange for his rights, Boston got back its own 2016 sixth-round pick, which was traded to Colorado at last season’€™s trade deadline in the Max Talbot deal.

Ryan Spooner is expected to replace Soderberg as the Bruins’€™ third-line center. Spooner is coming off his entry-level contract and will be a restricted free agent on July 1. He is expected to sign a short-term deal.

Blog Author: 
DJ Bean

Don Sweeney has been Bruins general manager for just over a month. (Boston Bruins)FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- Don Sweeney knows the Bruins well and he knows the NHL draft well.



FT. LAUDERDALE, Fla. –€” The Bruins traded center Carl Soderberg’€™s right to the Avalanche Thursday, officially concluding a three-year marriage that ended when the team told him weeks ago that they wouldn’€™t be offering him a contract for next season.

FT. LAUDERDALE, Fla. –€” The Bruins traded center Carl Soderberg’€™s right to the Avalanche Thursday, officially concluding a three-year marriage that ended when the team told him weeks ago that they wouldn’€™t be offering him a contract for next season.

By trading Soderberg’€™s rights, the Bruins get an asset, however small, in exchange for essentially nothing. The pick is Boston’s 2016 sixth-rounder, which was sent to Colorado at the trade deadline in a deal that sent Jordan Caron to Colorado and Maxime Talbot to Boston. The Avalanche, meanwhile, will have a six-day head start to sign Soderberg before he reaches unrestricted free agency on July 1.

Though he struggled down the stretch this season, Soderberg will be one of the top players in free agency should he make it there.

Blog Author: 
DJ Bean

FT. LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Bruins general manager Don Sweeney doesn’€™t feel the need to make trades this weekend, but he’€™s more than prepared to.

Sweeney revealed that he has collected the proper lists from each Bruins player with a partial no-trade clause. Such lists, which vary in number of teams, reveal teams to which a player would accept a trade.

“Absolutely. I have every list,” Sweeney said.

Milan Lucic, Brad Marchand, Loui Eriksson, Chris Kelly and Dennis Seidenberg are Boston’€™s players with no-trade clauses, with Lucic, Marchand, Kelly and Eriksson having lists. Eriksson waived his no-trade clause to come to the Bruins from Dallas two years ago, but his no-trade was preserved in writing at the time, which means he still has his no-trade rights.

According to sources, Lucic can provide a 15-team trade list, while Kelly can list up to eight teams. Eriksson had a full no-trade, but when the Bruins missed the playoffs last season, it reverted to a 14-team list. Seidenberg has a full no-trade until Dec. 30, 2016, after which it will become an eight-team list. The size of Marchand’€™s list is unknown.

(David Krejci, Patrice Bergeron, Zdeno Chara and Tuukka Rask have no-movement clauses for the time being, with Krejci’s and Rask’s statuses changing to no-trades over time.)

At some point this offseason, the Bruins will turn to the trade market in an effort to clear salary cap space. The Bruins have $59,841,667 committed to 15 players for next season, with the upper limit of the salary cap set at $71.4 million this week. Boston still needs to sign restricted free agents Dougie Hamilton, Ryan Spooner and Brett Connolly to new contracts. Don Sweeney has also expressed an interesting in re-signing unrestricted free agent Adam McQuaid.

Sweeney said that he does not necessarily feel a need to swing his deals before the draft begins Friday.

“I think every situation is different,” Sweeney said. “You could look at getting past the draft and getting past free agency as teams say, ‘OK, well I missed that first wave; there will be another wave of player movement opportunity.’ I think just everybody is looking to explore whatever they can at this particular time because the opportunity presents itself on a bunch of different levels.”

Blog Author: 
DJ Bean

FT. LAUDERDALE, Fla. –€” Bruins general manager Don Sweeney and agent J.P. Barry met Wednesday night as the sides continue to discuss Dougie Hamilton’€™s next contract.

Dougie Hamilton

Dougie Hamilton

FT. LAUDERDALE, Fla. –€” Bruins general manager Don Sweeney and agent J.P. Barry met Wednesday night as the sides continue to discuss Dougie Hamilton’€™s next contract.

The sides are not close to a deal, as the meeting focused on where Hamilton stands at this point in his career and the term of a potential contract. Sweeney declined to reveal his preference for term when asked at Thursday’€™s pre-draft availability.

Sweeney described the status of negotiations as “friendly discussions” and said the sides are keeping “€œreal, real good communication”€ in an effort to strike a deal.

Asked whether signing Hamilton before July 1 (the start of restricted free agency for Hamilton) is his priority, Sweeney replied, “In a perfect world, it would be.”

“You’€™ve got to have two sides to make a deal,”€ Sweeney added. “€œWe’€™re just going to continue to explore that and communicate as best we can to continue to find the right deal.”

Sweeney said that if a team is to present Hamilton with an offer sheet in July, the B’€™s would “have to be aware and prepared for it.”€ It is expected that the Bruins would match any deal, though they would like to sign Hamilton on their own terms.

Given the salary cap in the NHL, the ideal scenario for the Bruins would be to sign Hamilton, a rising star, to a lengthy contract to buy out years of unrestricted free agency. That way, the Bruins would get more of Hamilton’s prime years for less money. Hamilton is four seasons away from having the service time accrued to be an unrestricted free agent. The max length for a team signing their own player to a contract is eight years.

Where that gets tough for the Bruins is that they don’€™t have the cap space to sign a player for a high average annual value, which is what such a contract would require. A shorter contract would command less per year, but the Bruins would either have to pay more at the end of it or risk losing their player on the open market down the road.

Sweeney and Barry are expected to meet again before the end of draft weekend.

Blog Author: 
DJ Bean