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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