The Boston Bruins announced about 2PM today that they had traded John Boychuk to the New York Islanders. In return the Bruins will receive 2 second round draft picks from the Islanders, one in 2015 and one in 2016. In addition, the Bruins will receive a 2015 third round pick from the Islanders if the Islanders trade Boychuk this season to an Eastern Conference team. Boychuk will be an unrestricted free agent after this season.
Boychuk has played 321 NHL games for the Bruins and Colorado Avalanche. Only 4 of those games were for Colorado. Boychuk has scored 19 goals and 56 assists for 75 points and was a combined +89 as a Bruin and in 79 playoff games has scored 13 goals and 14 assists.
The second round 2015 pick from the Islanders will be a pick acquired from the Philadelphia Flyers. In addition, the Islanders also completed a trade with the Chicago Blackhawks for Nick Leddy in exchange for defensemen Ville Pokka, T J Brennan and the rights to goaltender Anders Nilsson. So the Islanders have solidified their defensemen and I think expect to compete for the playoffs with a talented group of forwards and new goaltenders Jaroslav Halak and Chad Johnson.
GM Peter Chiarelli will hold a press conference at 4:30PM prior to the start of tonights final pre-season game with the Detroit Redwings to discuss the trade.
Until Next Time!