The Boston Bruins were a popular trade deadline team to watch because of the contract situation with Loui Eriksson. They ended up not moving Loui, and in turn, added two rental pieces for draft picks.
Up first, they added defenseman John-Michael Liles from the Carolina Hurricanes. The 35-year-old is in the final year of his contract with a $3.875-million cap hit. Boston sent prospect Anthony Camara and two picks to Carolina: a third rounder in 2016 and a fifth rounder in 2017.
Liles is clearly in the twilight of his career. He has 16 points in 62 games with the Hurricanes. The defenseman was famously traded from Toronto to Carolina the day of the Winter Classic in 2014. HBO had the honor of catching it all on film.
As far as the prospect, Anthony Camara, he's in the final year of an RFA contract, and was with the Providence Bruins at the time of the trade.
As for the Milbury scale on this trade:
TWO MILBURYS. Boston overpaid for an aging defenseman. Carolina is in full rebuild mode. They'll take all the picks they can get. Camara isn't a prospect the Bruins will miss.
The second last minute deal made by Don Sweeney was to acquire Lee Stempniak from the New Jersey Devils for a fourth round pick in 2016 and a second round pick in 2017.
Stempniak attended Boston's training camp. Sweeney confirmed Stempniak was offered a PTO, not an NHL contract. He went on to sign a $850K deal with the New Jersey Devils. The not as awful as they should be Devils were led by Stempniak in scoring. He had 41 points in 63 games and is going on his NINTH NHL team.
We give this trade...
THREE MILBURYS. Why? Because the Bruins paid heavily in draft picks for something they could have had on the cheap. According to Joe Haggerty, Stempniak resides in Boston full time during the off-season. His offense is welcomed but the Bruins needed help on defense more than this.
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