Kings acquire Milan Lucic in blockbuster 4-player trade

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On Friday, June 26th, the Boston Bruins shipped cornerstone forward Milan Lucic to the Los Angeles KingsĀ for Martin Jones, a 2015 1st-round pick (D Jakub Zboril) and Colin Miller.

The move was one of many today for a Bruins team that appeared to be retooling on the fly, moving Soderberg, Hamilton and Lucic to acquire 2 first round picks among others. Lucic has a $6-million cap hit remaining for one more season, although the Bruins will be retaining $2.75-million of salary against the cap in the deal.

Lucic was drafted by the Bruins and has spent his last eight seasons in Boston, tallying 342 career points in 566 games. Lucic was a big part of the club’s Stanley Cup Championship in 2011, where he contributed 12 points in 25 playoff games.

Lucic’s production has been on the decline in recent seasons, so maybe a chain of scenery will benefit his production. Lucic was limited to only 18 goals and 44 points this past season, after surpassing the 20-goal plateau in three different seasons. But the Kings know what they are getting in this deal — they are adding another player with size, grit and scoring ability to their line-up.

In exchange, the Kings part with young netminder Martin Jones, 25, who only suited up for 15 games this past season and posted a 4-5-2 record behind Jonathan Quick. Jones is a pending RFA on July 1st and will join an organization with a recent history of strong goaltending.

Newcomer first-round pick Jakub Zboril was somewhat of a surprise pick for the Bruins. He will join a defence-first club but brings a touch of offense with his game. Zboril finished third in scoring among rookie defensemen this past season in the QMJHL with 33 points and 13 goals in 44 games.

TSN’s Bob McKenzie compares his style to Blackhawks defenceman Niklas Hjalmarsson