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Breaking News....Dougie Hamilton Traded to Calgary for a 1(#14) and two 2nd round picks........WTH are the Bruins thinking?
Wow. I thought the Bs would build a perennial contender around Seguin and Hamilton. What a waste.
Boston Bruins: What the hell, guys?Seriously. What ... what are you doing?I really don't know what the Bruins' plan was on Friday, other than to seemingly try and make the team significantly worse in the short-term.Look, the NHL draft is a weird, unpredictable thing. It is entirely possible that one, or two, or even all of these draft picks the Bruins ended up with on Friday might pan out and be good NHL players at some point in the future. Maybe five years from now we're looking at Friday as a great day in Bruins history and the start of something really special. Maybe. If everything goes 100 percent perfect. But we know that's not how these things work. For anybody.But in the meantime, what exactly is the plan here?Trading Milan Lucic was actually a pretty good idea, and the return was probably very fair. But when you combine that with trading Dougie Hamilton for nothing but draft picks because you didn't want to pay him. And when you combine that with eating salary in the Lucic trade and not really solving your salary cap problems this season. And when you combine all of that with re-signing Adam McQuaid for four years and more than $2 million per season, it's just a baffling series of events.And that's before you even get to the three players they selected with their trio of first-round picks (our Chris Peters wasn't a fan, while the first player selected was compared favorably on the NBCSN broadcast to Radko Gudas. Fine player, but not what you want at No. 13 overall).Hamilton is a rising star in the NHL. He is 22 years old, already a pretty good top-pairing defensemen, and not only did the Bruins not want to pay him, the only thing they could get for him in a trade was three draft picks (No. 15, No. 45 and No. 52). Keep in mind that trade happened on the exact same day that the New York Islanders traded Griffin Reinhart, who is only a year younger than Hamilton and has almost no track record to speak of in the NHL (he has appeared in eight NHL games at this point) for the No. 16 and 33 pick. The difference between Hamilton and Reinhart in a trade in the NHL on Friday was an additional second-round draft pick. I know Hamilton is an RFA and Reinhart is still under contract, but the difference in talent and production should still be worth more than that.And let's not forget the fact that the Bruins will commit more than $5 million in salary cap space next season by paying Adam McQuaid to be a third-pairing defensemen and Milan Lucic to play for the Los Angeles Kings. But they apparently wouldn't pay Dougie Hamilton, the type of young player that could have been a cornerstone player for years to come, $5 or $6 million.It just doesn't make any [dang] sense.Tyler Seguin and Hamilton should have been the foundation of the Bruins organization for the next decade. They now have Loui Eriksson, Reilly Smith and a couple of lottery tickets to show for them.Incredible. Absolutely incredible.