Zach Senyshyn was the Bruins' third first-round pick. (Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Zach Senyshyn was the Bruins’ third first-round pick. (Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

SUNRISE, Fla. — The Bruins’€™ brass arrived in Florida with a team that was a few tweaks away from contending again. They leave it with a better chance at getting 2016 top prospect Auston Matthews than the Stanley Cup.

What’€™s done is done, however, and Bruins fans have no choice but to proceed hoping the front office knows what it’s doing.

(For reaction to Friday’s moves, click here, here and here.)

Here are 10 thoughts with the draft in the books:

– The fact that the Bruins used 10 of the 11 picks that they had after Friday’€™s trades means they either see this team’€™s return to glory as a long-term project or that their plans to turn those picks into something else failed. It might be more the latter than the former. The B’s insist they were aggressive in their efforts to get into the top 10 to take Noah Hanifin, Ivan Provorov or Zach Werenski.

– If there’€™s an “other shoe to drop” in order for the Bruins to ice a Cup-contending roster next season, you’€™d have to figure it will be extremely difficult to execute now. It’€™s abundantly clear that the Bruins need to make moves to save the immediate future, so trade partners will be wise to up their prices just like they did when Peter Chiarelli’€™s job was on the line.

– Speaking of Chiarelli, the moves that the B’€™s made might have been avoided if Neely fired Chiarelli during the season and sold off parts then. Carl Soderberg could have fetched the B’€™s a first-round pick at the trade deadline, which the Bruins hypothetically could have used to get into the top 10. At the very least, it would have allowed the Bruins to seek young players for someone like Hamilton rather than just taking picks.

Of course, the performance of Boston’€™s front office on Friday might leave some Bruins fans regretting ever wanting the B’€™s to can Chiarelli.

– The Bruins have expressed mild interest in Ducks winger Matt Beleskey, who will become an unrestricted free agent on Wednesday. Beleskey is 27 and had the first solid year of his career by hitting the 20-goal mark for the first time. He will be paid well given how weak this free agent class is. The guess here is he isn’€™t a fit with the B’€™s.

– With Sweeney now serving as general manager, Jay Pandolfo will run the Bruins’€™ development camp. Sweeney first organized the now annual prospects camp in July 2007. The B’€™s hired Pandolfo as a development coach last August.

– With Milan Lucic gone, Brad Marchand is the only impact player at left wing guaranteed to be in Boston going forward. He’€™ll be joined by Loui Eriksson if Boston keeps the veteran left-shot right wing and flips him to the other side, but Eriksson is an obvious choice to be dealt now. The 29-year-old will be a free agent after the coming season and the Bruins are not a contender as currently constituted. The Bruins are officially at the ‘€œtrade the good players’€ stage, and they should be willing to listen on anybody.

(Say this for the Bruins: At least they’€™ve got some prospects at wing now, and they need it. The NHL roster remains overflowing with right wings, but the Jake DeBrusk pick could give the Bruins the first left wing they’€™ve developed since 2006 draftees Lucic and Marchand. As for perceived first-round reach Zachary Senyshyn, assistant general manager Scott Bradley said the skilled right wing was ranked low by evaluators because he played on the fourth line of a loaded OHL team in Sault Ste. Marie.)

– With the Bruins now hard-pressed for NHL defensemen, they should actually keep Dennis Seidenberg and take him into the season. He will almost certainly be better than he was last year coming off knee surgery, so the veteran blueliner could re-establish his trade value and be a sellable piece at the trade deadline. Seidenberg turns 34 on July 18 and is entering the second year of a four-year deal worth $4 million annually. 

– On the subject of defense, you’€™ve got to wonder what this all means for Kevan Miller. The 27-year-old carries a light cap hit of $800,000, but he is now part of a large group of players fighting for a spot on the bottom of Boston’€™s roster. The right-shot Miller figured to be an obvious replacement for Adam McQuaid before the B’€™s re-upped the veteran bottom-pairing defenseman for four years in a head-scratching move.

– Perhaps the most interesting addition to the Bruins over the weekend is goaltender Martin Jones, whom the Bruins received in the Lucic trade. Jones is a 25-year-old goaltender who might feel his days as a backup should be over after two years of playing behind Jonathan Quick in Los Angeles. Former NHL goaltender Patrick Lalime says he’€™s legit.

The 6-foot-4, 187-pound goalie is unsigned and will become a restricted free agent on Wednesday. He joins a very deep group of goalies in Boston’€™s organization with Tuukka Rask, Malcolm Subban and Zane McIntyre.

If he’€™s willing, Jones would make a splendid backup with the Bruins, who lost faith in a budget option in Niklas Svedberg last season. Time will tell if he’€™s willing to do that.

– After the trades of Hamilton and Lucic (including $2.75 million retained on Lucic) and the signing of McQuaid, the Bruins leave the draft with $55,341,667 committed to 16 players (not counting Marc Savard) with Brett Connolly and Ryan Spooner unsigned and plenty of cheap young players (Joe Morrow among them) also figuring to make the NHL roster. The salary cap’€™s upper limit it $71.4 million.

Blog Author: 
DJ Bean

SUNRISE, Fla. — For the second straight day, the Bruins used a bevy of draft picks to… draft players.

After using three consecutive picks on Friday, Boston spent seven of the eight picks it took into the second and final day of the draft. The only pick traded was a fifth-rounder that the B’s sent to Minnesota.

The B’s kicked off the second day by drafting Tri-City (WHL) defenseman Brandon Carlo with their first pick of the second round (37th overall). They then took center Jakob Forsbacka-Karlsson (a Boston University commit) with the 45th pick and defenseman Jeremy Lauzon (Rouyn-Noranda, QMJHL) with the 52nd.

Carlo is a big kid at 6-foot-5 and 205 pounds. He was rated as the No. 25 North American skater by NHL Central Scouting, which is well ahead of Zachary Senyshyn, whom Boston chose 15th overall Friday night. Central Scouting had Senyshyn as the 38th North American skater.

While Carlo has similar size to the recently traded Dougie Hamilton, they are not similar players. Carlo described himself as more of a defensive defenseman, with Kirk Luedeke of the Red Line Report and New England Hockey Journal projecting him to be a shutdown player.

The pick was originally the Flyers’€™, but it was sent to the Islanders in the Andrew MacDonald trade before being flipped to Boston in the Johnny Boychuk trade.

Forsbacka-Karlsson led the Omaha Lancers (USHL) with 53 points (15 goals, 38 assists) in 50 games this past season and will head to BU in the fall. He’s a very good defensive center and is great on faceoffs, and yes, his nickname is JFK.

Lauzon put up 15 goals and 21 assists in 60 games from the blue line for Rouyn-Noranda this past season. He is considered a good skater who can get the puck up ice in transition.

The picks used on Forsbacka-Karlsson and Lauzon were both acquired in the Hamilton trade. The Bruins’ own second-rounder was traded to Tampa Bay at the trade deadline when the Bruins acquired Brett Connolly.

Boston followed their second-round picks by tabbing 6-foot-5 Czech goaltender Daniel Vladar in the third round with the 7th overall pick. Vladar has played in his home country to this point, but will head to the States next season to play for the Chicago Steel of the USHL.

Vladar is a friend of fellow Czech prospect Jakub Zboril, whom Boston drafted with the 13th overall pick on Friday night.

In the fourth round, the Bruins went to the WHL for a third time, taking an energy player in left wing Jesse Gabrielle. The 5-foot-10, 205-pounder models his game after Brad Marchand, saying that while he might not be as skilled as Boston’s pesky winger, he hopes to bring a similarly tough style of play.

The B’s finally traded one of their picks when they flipped their fifth-rounder to the Wild for Minnesota’s fifth-rounder in the 2016 draft. They held on to their sixth-rounder, selecting University of Wisconsin center Cameron Hughes and wrapped up the draft by selecting Jack Becker out of Mahtomedi high school in Minnesota.

Scott McLaughlin contributed to this report.

Blog Author: 
DJ Bean
Don Sweeney

Don Sweeney

SUNRISE, Fla. — The Bruins did a lot on Friday. It’s obvious that the moves as a whole represent a horrid day for new general manager Don Sweeney, but at least one of them made sense in a vacuum.

As such, here’s an attempt to break down each of the individual moves made by the Bruins:

Bruins trade Dougie Hamilton to Flames for picks No. 15, 45 and 52

One-word summary: Unforgivable.

The Hamilton fiasco represents really two lapses on the part of Don Sweeney.

First is the struggle to sign the team’s most important young player to a second deal. He asked for a lot of money because the best young defensemen in the league make a lot of money on their second deals. The Bruins’ unwillingness to pay it does not bode well for the future.

Consider this: David Pastrnak has two more years left on his entry-level deal. Guess who represents him? The same guy they just swung and missed with in J.P. Barry. This group can only hope it has better a better feel for re-signing youngsters by then.

The second part of it is the trade itself. Hamilton was one of the very best chips Sweeney had, and one that should have been kept at nearly all costs. Instead, he was flipped for the 15th overall pick and two second-rounders.

At the very, very least, the Bruins should have been able to get at least another first-round pick or a top prospect from a team in exchange for the already established Hamilton. This was the kind of move that can set a franchise back.

Bruins trade Milan Lucic to Kings for pick No. 13, Martin Jones and Colin Miller, retain $2.75 million in salary

One-word summary: Right.

While the move didn’t unload a lot of money due to money retained, it got the Bruins multiple decent pieces for a player they weren’t going to keep. After losing Hamilton, the B’s had better hope Miller is good.

Bruins sign Adam McQuaid to four-year contract with $2.75 million average annual value

One-word summary: Worrisome.

Why worrisome? Because hours after telling a top defenseman he won’t be worth $6 million-plus when he reaches his mid-to-late 20s, the Bruins gave nearly half of that to a third-pairing defenseman with limited skill whose solid intangibles are far overshadowed by his tendency to injure himself.

McQuaid has missed at least 10 games in each of his five seasons as an NHL regular. In the last two seasons combined, he has missed a total of 71 regular-season games and 12 playoff games due to multiple injuries.

Then factor in that McQuaid is 28 years old. He is a fine player, but he isn’t going to get better. Letting him walk and using the money saved on Hamilton should have been a no-brainer. The fact that the Bruins didn’t do that is … worrisome.

Bruins draft defenseman Jakub Zboril 13th overall

One-word summary: Expected.

The B’s didn’t trade up for Noah Hanifin (fifth overall), Ivan Provorov (seventh) or Zach Werenski (eighth), so it was only logical they would take the next-best defenseman once their pick came. At that point in the day, doing the logical served as a surprise.

Bruins draft left wing Jake DeBrusk 14th overall

One-word summary: Interesting.

There were better-rated forwards on the board, but the Bruins badly need left wing prospects. I can’t knock the scouting staff at this point, as the scouts have seen these guys and I haven’t.

Bruins draft right wing Zachary Senyshyn 15th overall

One-word summary: Reach.

This one could have also gotten the “worrisome” tag, as the Bruins could have traded down to get a player ranked in the 40s on some lists and the 60s and others. Sweeney acknowledged that, but said he feared that another team might take him in the meantime.

That’s where the lack of experience on the GM’s part is exposed once again. Unless you’re positive this kid is going to be a star, that’s what you do: You move down and you risk losing the player. If someone else takes him, then you take someone else, just like you took another defenseman you liked after missing out on the big three.

Again, this is no knock on Senyshyn. Scouts say good things, but if he could have been there later they shouldn’t have taken him 15th overall. That was the first pick they got for Hamilton, by the way.

Blog Author: 
DJ Bean

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 WEEI.com 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 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.”

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.

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.

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.

Blog Author: 
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.

Blog Author: 
DJ Bean
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