After trading defenseman Dougie Hamilton to the Calgary Flames, Bruins GM Don Sweeney insisted he made the restricted free agent a “very significant contract offer.” Now we might be able to put a number to that statement.
Boston offered the 22-year-old defenseman a six-year, $33 million contract, according to Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman. Hamilton then countered with an offer that was around $2 million per year higher.
That’s obviously a big gap, but as Friedman noted:
Sometimes, we get caught up in initial proposals. Any good negotiator will tell you to exaggerate your opening position.
All the same, this is in contrast to an earlier report that claimed Hamilton was seeking $5.5 million annually. If that was instead Boston’s opening position and it was rejected, then it becomes a bit more apparent as to why the Bruins felt the need to move him given the team’s cap situation. It also offers insight as to what it might cost Calgary to lock him up.
All the same, losing Hamilton could prove to be a serious blow to the Bruins next season, especially given that Zdeno Chara will turn 39 years old before the 2015-16 campaign is over.
Related: Trade: Busy Bruins send Lucic to Kings
The Boston Bruins continued a shockingly busy run of trades by sending Milan Lucic to the Los Angeles Kings for the 13th pick of the 2015 NHL Draft, prospect Colin Miller and backup goalie Martin Jones.
Lucic confirmed that he’s been traded to PHT’s Dhiren Mahiban.
With that, the Bruins have traded away Lucic, Dougie Hamilton and Carl Soderberg in what appears to be a bold rebuilding project. Strangely, they’re loading up on draft picks in the teens, as they now hold picks 13-15.
Update: The situation might be more promising for the Kings if LA Kings Insider’s Jon Rosen is correct about Boston retaining $2.75 million of Lucic’s salary in 2015-16:
Lucic has already reacted to the news:
Lucic, 27, has one year remaining on a deal that carries a $6 million cap hit. According to ESPN’s Joe McDonald, Boston retained $2.7 million of that in the transaction. Lucic can become an unrestricted free agent next summer.
The jokes are piling in, although some aren’t at Boston’s expense this time around:
Like many Bruins fans, Marc Savard just seems sad about today:
And the Bruins may not be done dealing yet:
The Boston Bruins continued their busy (and baffling) roll-up to the 2015 NHL Draft by signing defenseman Adam McQuaid to a four-year, $11 million extension, according to TSN’s Bob McKenzie.
On its face, the deal – which carries a cap hit of $2.75 million per year – is probably harmless enough, yet the timing makes it pretty awkward. Doing so not that long after trading away Dougie Hamilton – a player some view as a franchise defenseman in the making – only welcomes jokes.
Especially if this bit about Hamilton’s asking price is true:
Indeed, the signing of McQuaid really brought out bonus snark about the Hamilton swap:
Maybe the best bit of bile came from Bruins blog Stanley Cup of Chowder, which provided this headline: “Adam McQuaid signed. Don Sweeney hates you and wants you to be unhappy.”
The Colorado Avalanche have acquired Carl Soderberg from the Boston Bruins in exchange for a sixth round pick at the 2016 NHL Draft.
Colorado previously acquired the selection from Boston in the Max Talbot trade.
Soderberg is set to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1 with his three-year, $3.025 million deal is set to expire.
Boston had informed the 29-year-old that they intended to part ways with him earlier this month.
The trade now gives the Avs an exclusive window to negotiate with Soderberg before he hits the open market next Wednesday.
Soderberg scored 13 goals and 44 points in 82 games with the Bruins during the 2014-15 season.
He is reportedly seeking a deal worth $5 million per season.
Last week Avs’ GM Joe Sakic indicated he’d like to get Ryan O’Reilly signed to an extension.
However, today Sportsnet’s Nick Kypreos reported that the O’Reilly camp is seaking a $60 million max contract. Kypreos added that the Avs now feel like they need to deal the forward.
Thursday’s acquisition of Soderberg could make O’Reilly expendable. The 24-year-old has one year remaining on his current deal with a cap hit of $6 million before becoming an unrestricted free agent next summer.
O’Reilly, who scored 17 goals and 55 points in 82 games during the 2014-15 season, has been the subject of trade rumors for several months.
The Boston Bruins have announced that goaltender Zane McIntyre has inked a two-year, entry-level contract.
The 22-year-old was originally selected by Boston in the sixth round of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft, but he had the option of becoming an unrestricted free agent this summer. He would have had plenty of suitors too given that his value has skyrocketed since that draft. He had a 2.05 GAA and .929 save percentage in 42 games with the University of North Dakota, which earned him the 2015 Mike Richter award.
The award honors the nation’s top college goaltender. He was also a finalist for the Hobey Baker Award, but ultimately lost it to Jack Eichel.
“The Bruins are very excited to have Zane as a part of our organization,” said Bruins GM Don Sweeney. “He had a tremendous career at North Dakota and while it was a difficult decision for him to leave, we all feel he is ready to start his pro development and that he will be an NHL goalie.”
It might not take him long before he is an NHL netminder as the Bruins have a vacancy behind Tuukka Rask now that Niklas Svedberg has signed to play in the KHL.