2015 NHL Draft: Bruins send Lucic to the Kings for Martin Jones and a 1st rounder

By Kristopher Bras
Photo: Though Martin Jones is one of the best goaltending prospects in the NHL, he was not selected in the NHL Draft. (Courtesty of Seth Sanchez/Icon Sportswire)

Photo: Though Martin Jones is one of the best goaltending prospects in the NHL, he was not selected in the NHL Draft. (Courtesty of Seth Sanchez/Icon Sportswire)

 

 

The Boston Bruins have traded Milan Lucic to the Los Angeles Kings in exchange for the 13th pick in the 2015 NHL Draft and goaltender Martin Jones.

The trade continues the roster shakeup that began when the Bruins sent Dougie Hamilton to the Calgary Flames for three picks, just over an hour ago. Although the moves will surely be unpopular with fans, they save the team a massive amount of salary and promise to ensure the depth chart remains stocked for years to come.

But not too much salary—let’s get that straight. The Bruins have agreed to retain half of Lucic’s $6 million cap hit.

For Lucic, there were probably not many better destinations. As a frequent Stanley Cup competitor, the Los Angeles Kings have performed well in the playoffs deploying players not unlike Lucic himself—hard-nose battlers with dangerous offensive tools. The addition of Lucic makes the team even more annoying for opposing teams to meet in the postseason.

In addition to the first  round pick, the Bruins will receive Martin Jones, a quality player in his own right. In 34 games with the Kings, he has compiled a 16-11-9 record, with a .923 save percentage and a 1.99 goals-against average. His acquisition replaces Niklas Svedberg, who signed with the KHL’s Salavat Yulaev for a year (though he remains with the organization.

Although the moves will probably be unpopular with Bruins fans, the team now has six of the first 52 picks in a draft that has been hyped by pundits for years.

 

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