Martin Jones Headed to Boston in Lucic Deal
Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet is reporting that the Los Angeles Kings will be sending Martin Jones to the Boston Bruins as part of a deal that includes Milan Lucic heading back the other way.
Jones, 25, is a restricted free agent and the Bruins will need to sign him to a new contract.
Also heading to Boston in the trade are prospect defenseman Colin Miller and the 13th overall pick in today’s draft, which makes it a considerable haul for the Bruins. Boston will retain some of Lucic’s $6 million salary.
With Niklas Svedberg headed to Europe, there was a need for a new backup goaltender in Beantown, but many assumed that it would be Malcolm Subban taking that spot. With this trade, that may no longer be the case.
It’s turning into a very big day for the Bruins, who are stockpiling draft picks. They also swung a deal with the Calgary Flames, shipping off young defenceman Dougie Hamilton for three upcoming picks.
There is still a chance that the Bruins aren’t finished tonight. General Manager Don Sweeney refused to close the door to swapping Jones and some picks to move up in the first round, saying only that Jones could “potentially” be part of the Bruins plans for the upcoming season.
If, however, a deal fails to materialize, Sweeney emphasized the team’s willingness to rely on Jones as a backup to starter Tuukka Rask.
Sweeney on goalie Martin Jones: We felt all along that Tuukka was put in a tough spot last year and we’re comfortable now going forward
— Boston Bruins (@NHLBruins) June 26, 2015
InGoal Magazine Take on Jones:
Once again the Kings turned a goalie they developed internally into a trade asset. In the case of Jones, they didn’t even waste a draft pick in the first place, signing him as an undrafted free agent invited to development camp. With the next wave of goalies coming off an AHL championship and ready to step into limited action behind workhorse Jonathan Quick, the Kings are the model when it comes to developing goalies. No wonder development goalie coach Kim Dillabaugh is in demand and expected to take an NHL job soon.
Some of that success is tied to posting strong statistics behind a stingy defensive system. It’s a factor the Bruins should have been cognizant of, having seen several of their backups move on and struggle behind looser structural play. Still, most goalie observers see a nice mix of size, structure, and athleticism in Jones, which combined with more years of team control put him ahead of older, slightly more experienced goalies like Cam Talbot and Eddie Lack in the trade pecking order. The question for the Bruins, who already have Malcolm Subban behind Tuukka Rask, is whether there is another move coming. If not, they’ve got a goalie more than ready to ease Rask’s workload in the short term, but beyond that Jones almost certainly believes he’s ready for even more responsibility than that.
~ Kevin Woodley, InGoal Magazine Managing Editor