BOSTON (CBS) – The Boston Bruins made a whopper of a trade this afternoon.
The Bruins traded defenseman Dougie Hamilton to Calgary in exchange for the 15th overall pick in Friday night’s draft, as well as the 45th and 52nd pick (second round).
Hamilton, 22, was drafted ninth overall by the Bruins in the 2011 draft. The blue liner and restricted free agent was reportedly seeking big money this summer, which would have been difficult for the Bruins to handle given their tight salary cap situation.
98.5 The Sports Hub’s Michael Felger and Big Jim Murray reacted to the news live on air.
“This is why you fired [former general manager] Peter Chiarelli. Because he fell in love and overpaid and overvalued his own guys, and it got you in trouble. It turns out his guys weren’t as good as you thought and he paid them too much,” Felger said.
He added, “[Hamilton] is not that good. He doesn’t suck. He projects as a nice big defenseman. But he doesn’t deserve to be mentioned with P.K. Subban or Drew Doughty. You have to make hard decisions and this was a hard one.”
Felger has conflicting opinions on the matter. He applauds the Bruins for not over-extending themselves for Hamilton, which is how they got into this salary cap mess in the first place. But at the same time, he doesn’t feel like the Bruins got enough in return.
“I don’t love [the return]. I don’t love it. Pick No. 15 and two seconds? I don’t like the return,” Felger said, who acknowledged he’s waiting for the final contract numbers to be announced before he makes a final judgment. “I don’t mind not signing him. But [the return] was not quite enough. Not horrible, but not quite enough.”