The Boston Bruins have traded goaltender Martin Jones to the San Jose Sharks in exchange for a first-round pick in 2016 and prospect Sean Kuraly.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Bruins GM Don Sweeney continues his wheeling-and-dealing with his fourth notable trade since the recently-completed 2015 NHL Draft. Jones was acquired from the Kings as part of the return for Milan Lucic. This deal isn’t likely to impress Bruins fans any more than the Lucic and Dougie Hamilton trades or the recent acquisition of loose-cannon enforcer Zac Rinaldo.
Sweeney got back mostly draft picks in the Jones, Lucic and Hamilton deals. While they could help the Bruins in the long run if they blossom into NHL stars, they certainly don’t improve the Bruins next season. To be fair to the embattled Bruins GM, his hands are tied by the limited cap space he inherited from predecessor Peter Chiarelli. At least this trade of Jone definitively puts an end to the Tuukka Rask rumors that surfaced during the draft.
As for the Sharks, they’ve found a replacement for the departed Antti Niemi, but as promising as Jones is, their goaltending corps remains comprised of backups aspiring to be starters. Jones certainly is the favorite to take over the starter’s role next season. If he performs as well as expected, the Sharks should be in good shape between the pipes.