The Boston Bruins continue to make wild headlines in the hours approaching the 2015 draft. First, GM Don Sweeney shipped defenseman Dougie Hamilton to the Calgary Flames in what has already become a maligned deal, at least based on the venomous social media response. Next up: power forward Milan Lucic.
As reported by Lisa Dillman and Elliotte Friedman, Boston has traded Lucic to the Los Angeles Kings for the 13th overall pick in the draft, goaltender Martin Jones and prospect defenseman Colin Miller.
Lucic, 27, has one year left on his contract paying him $6 million. He technically fits under the Kings' cap, as L.A. has unrestricted free agents Justin Williams, Jarret Stoll and Andrej Sekera coming off the books assuming none re-signs. The Kings have also freed up cap space by suspending defenseman Slava Voynov, who sustained an injury unrelated to hockey workouts and is awaiting trail for a domestic violence felony charge.
On the Bruins' end, the trade gives them the 13th, 14th and 15th selections in the first round of the draft. Will they keep all three picks or does Sweeney have another deal on the way? And with goaltender Jones a restricted free agent, might he be flipped? Or does that mean netminders Malcolm Subban and – gasp – Tuukka Rask are in play?
Nothing can surprise us at this point. Stay tuned for updates throughout the night.
Matt Larkin is an associate editor at The Hockey News and a regular contributor to the thn.com Post-To-Post blog. For more great profiles, news and views from the world of hockey, subscribe to The Hockey News magazine. Follow Matt Larkin on Twitter at @THNMattLarkin