Thread: Confirmed with Link: [WSH/BOS] LW Chris Bourque for C Zach Hamill
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05-29-2012, 09:57 AM
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Originally Posted by brs03 View Post
To be fair, it really isn't much of an AHL move. It's getting something for an asset you'd otherwise lose for nothing, but you're not replacing his AHL impact. You're either hoping he still has a bit of his NHL upside, or you're looking at him as cheap depth or something.

Bourque will have to be replaced in free agency (if he's replaced at all).
Obviously, Bourque and Aucoin are huge point producers and contributors at the AHL level and there is still the possibility that Aucoin returns.

One of Bourque's key contributions at the AHL level is playing the point on the PP and PP goals and assists account for more than half of his point production. I think with Patrick McNeill, Schilling and Kundratek on D in Hershey next season, there is less of a need to have a forward playing the point on the PP. More for the Hershey thread, but Potulny IMO was the best forward for Hershey, once he was healthy and with Aucoin in Washington.

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