How Big Will Boston Bruins’ Brilliant Martin Jones Bet Pay Off?

November 18th, 2015 by Jonathan Willis Leave a reply »

The Boston Bruins didn’t get a lot of positive press during a difficult summer in which the club hemorrhaged talent and made unconventional choices with its first-round selections at the 2015 draft. But in at least one area, the team’s new management made a fantastic gamble trading Martin Jones to the San Jose Sharks and effectively betting against that team’s success.

Let’s go back to how that bet came about.

Jones was initially acquired from the Los Angeles Kings as part of the return on pending unrestricted free agent Milan Lucic, here detailed by TSN’s Bob McKenzie:

The Lucic deal represented a solid haul for Boston, which managed to get an NHL-ready defence prospect in Miller, a pretty good first-round pick and of course Jones. It’s arguable that the Bruins would have been better off re-signing Lucic. But once the decision was made to move on, they collected a—slides sunglasses on—Kings’ ransom.

The arrival of Jones initially caused confusion because he was widely regarded as being ready for a No. 1 goaltending gig somewhere, and the Bruins ...

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