Bruins Trade Defenseman Johnny Boychuk To Islanders For Draft Picks

by abournenesn

Oct 4, 2014

Johnny BoychukThe Boston Bruins traded defenseman Johnny Boychuk to the New York Islanders for multiple draft picks Saturday.

In return for Boychuk, the Bruins receive New York’s second-round picks in 2015 and 2016, as well as a conditional 2015 third-round choice. The Bruins will acquire the conditional pick if the Islanders trade Boychuk to an Eastern Conference team during the 2014-15 season.

The Bruins were close to the salary cap — about $500,000 under the ceiling factoring in Marc Savard’s contract on LTIR, per CapGeek — and trading Boychuk’s $3.36 million cap hit will give general manager Peter Chiarelli a little more roster flexibility. This move also frees up enough space for the team to sign 34-year-old winger Simon Gagne, who’s currently in camp on a tryout deal.

Boychuk is eligible to become an unrestricted free agent after the season and could earn $5-plus million per year if he reaches the open market.

The 30-year-old defenseman spent five full seasons in Boston after being acquired from the Colorado Avalanche in exchange for Matt Hendricks in June 2008. The 30-year-old tallied 75 points (19 goals, 56 assists) in 321 regular-season games for the Bruins, as well as 27 points (13 goals, 14 assists) in 79 career Stanley Cup playoff games.

Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli addressed the trade in a press conference Saturday afternoon.

Photo via Bob DeChiara/USA TODAY Sports Images

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