Bruins acquire Brett Connolly from Lightning for a pair of draft picks
The Bruins acquired forward Brett Connolly from the Tampa Bay Lightning on Monday for a pair of second-round draft picks, one each in 2015 and 2016.
Connolly, the sixth overall pick in 2010, has 12 goals and 15 points in 50 games on the season despite missing a month early in the season with a nagging hip injury. He has 18 goals and 32 points over parts of four seasons with the Lightning. He also collected 120 points in 137 games with Tampa Bay's AHL affiliate in Syracuse from 2012-2014.
The Bruins are currently in the second wild card spot in the East, 15 points back of Eastern Conference leader and Atlantic Division rival Montreal, and 11 points behind the Lightning.
The Lightning also acquired defenseman Braydon Coburn from the Flyers as they attempt to bolster their defensive unit for a playoff run.
-- Michael Blinn