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Bruins trade Zach Hamill to Washington for Chris Bourque

Bruins trade Zach Hamill to Washington for Chris Bourque

By Adam Gretz | Hockey writer
Washington CapitalsBoston BruinsThe Boston Bruins acquired the son of one of their legendary players on Saturday by trading for forward Chris Bourque, the son of Hall of Fame defenseman Ray Bourque.

Boston acquired the winger from the Washington Capitals in exchange for forward Zach Hamill.

Bourque, 26, spent the 2011-12 season playing for the Hershey Bears of the American Hockey League, leading the league in scoring with 93 points. He's eligible for unrestricted free agency on July 1, so there is a possibility that he never actually plays a game as a member of the Bruins organization. Of course, if the Bruins didn't intend on signing him they probably wouldn't have gone through the trade to begin with.

In 33 career games with Washington and Pittsburgh, Bourque has scored one goal to go with three assists.

Going the other way is the 23-year-old Hamill, the No. 7 overall pick from the 2007 draft.

To this point it wouldn't be unfair to say he's been a bust for the Bruins, having produced just four assists in 20 NHL games. He spent most of this past season playing for the Bruins AHL team in Providence, scoring eight goals to go with 13 assists in 41 games.

He will be a restricted free agent this offseason.

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