Bruins trade defenseman Dougie Hamilton for picks

SUNRISE, Fla. -- Connor McDavid and Jack Eichel are set to be picked first and second in the NHL draft at BB&T Center. After that nothing is predictable, and the Bruins could very well play a role in the intrigue.

Be forewarned that today can rival Super Bowl week for rumors that never turn out to be fact. That said,  there continues to be chatter here in South Florida that the B's are pushing for the No. 3 pick currently held by the Arizona Coyotes with defenseman Dougie Hamilton as the main lure. It's then presumed that the B's would then take the best defenseman in the draft, Norwood's Noah Hanifin.

The B's have been negotiating with the pending RFA Hamilton and, at this point, a deal does not appear imminent. It's believed that the 22-year-old defenseman is looking for a long-term deal between $6 and $7 million. If they can't get a deal done by July 1, they would risk another team coming at Hamilton with an offer sheet.

One interesting note regarding the Bruins and Hanifin is that the team did not interview the Boston College defenseman either at the combine or here at the draft. That, of course, does not preclude them from making a play for Hanifin. The organization certainly knows the left-shot defenseman's game and there are people in the organization, such scout Scott Fitzgerald, who have known Hanifin for a long time. Still, it would seem odd that they'd make an investment like that without taking every opportunity to get to know him and test him.

Another Bruin that could be in play is Milan Lucic. Going into the last year of a deal that will pay him $6 million, Lucic could be the big ticket item the cash-strapped B's are looking to move. Lucic has a partial no-trade clause in which he's required to give a list of 15 teams to which he'd agree to be traded. While the full list was not available, the Herald has learned that Anaheim, Los Angeles and San Jose are on the list, along with his hometown Vancouver Canucks, which was reported  by Pro Hockey Talk earlier in the day.

Loui Eriksson, going into the last year of a deal that will pay him $4.25 million, could also be in play.

Meanwhile, former Bruins' center Carl Soderberg showed it's good to be a free agent this year. After the B's traded the rights to the once-pending UFA to Colorado for a sixth round pick yesterday, Soderberg signed a five-year deal worth $23.75 million. Not bad a for a guy who went a couple of months without scoring a goal.

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