SUNRISE, Fla. -- We've been in the BB&T Center for less than an hour and there's been a couple of big shockwaves sent through the Atlantic Division by the Boston Bruins.
The B's apparently decided they weren't going to get penned in a corner by the salary demands of 22-year-old defenseman Dougie Hamilton -- or by an offer sheet by a poaching team -- and sent the blueline standout to Calgary for picks No. 15, 45 and 52 in this draft.
The Bruins then sent rugged winger and Buffalo antagonist Milan Lucic to Los Angeles in a trade that's been reported by multiple sources but not officially confirmed. Boston is said to be getting goaltender Martin Jones and the Kings' first-round pick (No. 13) as well as defense prospect Colin Jones of Manchester in the AHL.
Lucic, of course, can now get plenty reacquainted with Ryan Miller in the Pacific Division during those Los Angeles-Vancouver games.
So that leaves the Bruins with three straight picks (13-14-15). Speculation is now rampant their goal is to use them to get the No. 3 pick from Arizona to take Boston College defenseman Noah Hanifin. And are the Bruins keeping Jones or fellow goaltending prospect Malcolm Subban?
And it also means Los Angeles is likely not going to re-sign pending UFA Justin Williams, the hero of multiple Game Sevens. You would think the Sabres would have an interest in him.