SUNRISE, Fla. — Claude Julien lamented the fact that Dougie Hamilton wanted top dollar hours after the Bruins traded the 22-year-old star defenseman in a stunning deal with the Flames.

With statistics and big-name comps on Hamilton’s side, the defenseman’s camp sought a deal commensurate with those of other top young defensemen such as Drew Doughty and Alex Pietrangelo. The Bruins were unwilling to pay that, with a source telling Friday that none of Boston’s offers exceeded $6 million a year.

Julien said he understood why Hamilton wants to be paid like his peers, but he doesn’t like how soon players cash in these days.

“The players and the organization, I guess everybody’s in their right with the way CBA is,” Julien said after the first round of the draft on Friday. “As a coach, to be honest with you, I find it very unfortunate that players that have played maybe three years in the league, all of a sudden they’re looking to be up there with the top-paid players.

“I prefer it the other way, where they work their way up: years of service and everything else.

“That’s not to say he wasn’t in his right. He’s in his right. He’s entitled to do what he did. I’m not standing here blaming him at all. Would we like to have kept him? I think we would have liked to have kept Dougie Hamilton. He’s a good promising young player, but you move on.”

Blog Author: 
DJ Bean
Jakub Zboril was Boston's first pick on Friday. (Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Jakub Zboril was Boston’s first pick on Friday. (Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

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 and right wing Zachary Senyshyn of Sault Ste. Marie (OHL) 15th overall.

The selections add a prospect to a blue line that was weakened by the trade hours earlier and gives the Bruins a chance to groom a legitimate top-six winger for the first time since 2006 third-round pick Brad Marchand. They do not make the Bruins better in the short term, as none are expected to be NHL players next season.

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.

Don Sweeney said after the first round that he pushed hard to trade up to get one of the top three defensemen, but that the asking prices for higher picks were so high that they opted to wait for the 13th pick and take Zboril.

Zboril eventually will be part of a rapidly changing Bruins blue line. The Bruins lost both Johnny Boychuk and Dougie Hamilton to trades over the last calendar year and expect bigger contributions from the likes of Zach Trotman and Joe Morrow in the coming seasons.

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. He is the son of former NHL player Louie DeBrusk.

Upon meeting with the media following his selection, DeBrusk — who at the very least is an extremely articulate kid — shared his family connection to the Bruins.

Claude Julien actually coached my dad,” DeBrusk said.

Indeed he did. Julien had Louie DeBrusk as a player in the 2001-02 season when Julien coached the AHL’s Hamilton Bulldogs.

Julien might not still be in Boston by the time DeBrusk reaches the NHL, which could be a number of years. DeBrusk estimated that he is two or three years away from pushing for an NHL job, but he hopes that comes sooner. The Bruins are very thin at left wing organizationally following Friday evening’s trade of Milan Lucic.

In taking the three players, the Bruins passed on highly rated American left wing Kyle Connor, who was not expected to be available when they picked. The selection of Senyshyn is the most eyebrow-raising in that respect, as Senyshyn was rated as the No. 38 North American skater by Central Scouting. TSN’s Craig Button had him rated as the 49th-best player in the draft.

Senyshyn did not expect to go in the first half of the first round. As such, he was pleased with how Friday night unfolded.

“[I’m] absolutely ecstatic,” Senyshyn said after being picked. “I think it was a surprise for me. I can’t believe it right now. I think [it’s] such an experience and such an honor, for sure.”

Sweeney insisted that the Bruins were especially diligent in their scouting of Senyshyn, and that though they considered moving back to select him, there were multiple teams they suspected would be interested in him if they moved down.

The Bruins did not need to trade Hamilton, so these picks — particularly that No. 15 pick from the Flames (Senyshyn) — will be watched closely over the years as Bruins fans try to gauge whether Friday was a success or a disaster.

“Exactly,” Senyshyn said when reminded that his selection might come with a little more pressure as a result of Friday’s move. “I love the pressure, though.”

Blog Author: 
DJ Bean
Dougie Hamilton

Dougie Hamilton

SUNRISE, Fla. — Bruins general manager Don Sweeney met with the media at BB&T Center on Friday following his trades of Dougie Hamilton and Milan Lucic. Much of the session focused on Hamilton, who was sent to the Flames on 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 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.”

Sweeney said he talked to numerous teams and fielded multiple offers before executing the trade with the Flames. The lack of return led to immediate criticism of the trade on the Bruins’ end, as the B’s could have received more picks had they simply let Hamilton sign a rich offer sheet with another team.

If the total money of the deal divided by either the number of years or five (whichever is shortest) was more than $7,305,316, the Bruins would have received two first-round picks, a second and a third beginning with the 2016 draft. As such, the Bruins could have declined to match a seven-year deal with $5.3 million a year and received more picks than they got from Calgary.

If that number exceeded $9,131,645 (or a seven-year deal worth $6.63 million or more), the Bruins would have received four first-round picks.

Of course, teams could have avoided that by simply signing Hamilton to a deal of five years or less, so the Bruins wouldn’t get their better picks. For example, a team wanting to pay Hamilton $6.63 million could have simply made it a five-year deal and saved a pair of first-rounders.

Given that uncertainty, Sweeney said he prioritized getting picks now, when he knew their slot.

“That’s an ultimate unknown,” Sweeney said of letting Hamilton sign elsewhere and taking the picks. “I was presented an opportunity today to take what I thought subject to $7.2 [million] or lower.”

“I don’t have that crystal ball to predict next year. I had the opportunity to accelerate what those picks meant today, where our scouts felt comfortable taking some of the players we’re going to take today.”

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.

The Bruins will retain $2.7 million of Lucic’s $6 million salary, according to Joe McDonald of ESPN.

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.

Lucic has spent his entire career with the Bruins since being drafted in the second round of the 2006 draft. He had a career year in Boston’s Stanley Cup winning season in which he scored 30 goals, but Lucic’s production has diminished since then. Last season, he scored just 18 goals in 81 games.

After establishing himself as one of the league’s true power forwards, Lucic leaves Boston having scored 139 and 203 assists for 342 points in 566 regular season games over eight seasons. He has 772 career penalty minutes.

The Lucic deal is the second major trade made by new general manager Don Sweeney in a matter of hours. Sweeney made a highly suspect trade by sending Hamilton to the Flames for just three draft picks — Nos. 15, 45 and 52 — rather than re-signing the budding 22-year-old defender or trading him for a much bigger haul.

Boston’s deals so far — including the signing of Adam McQuaid — leave the Bruins with $55,291,667 committed to 15 players for next season.

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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.

McQuaid has played his entire NHL career with the Bruins since being acquired in a 2007 trade with the Blue Jackets. McQuaid was selected by Columbus in the second round of the 2005 draft but never signed with the team before being dealt to Boston for a fifth-rounder two years later.

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DJ Bean
Dougie Hamilton

Dougie Hamilton

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — 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.

The trade of Hamilton means that Boston is in line to pick back-to-back with the 14th and 15th selections.

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DJ Bean
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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 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.

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DJ Bean
Dino, Gerry and Kirk discuss the Celtics lack of draft fireworks.

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