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Islanders acquire Boychuk, and Leddy
« on: October 04, 2014, 11:13:09 AM »
The New York Islanders retooled their defense on Saturday, acquiring Johnny Boychuk from the Boston Bruins for three draft picks and Nick Leddy from the Chicago Blackhawks in a deal involving five players

The Bruins will receive second-round picks in 2015 and 2016, as well as a conditional third-round pick in 2015. They would acquire the conditional 2015 third-round choice if New York trades Boychuk during the 2014-15 season to an Eastern Conference team.

The 2015 second-round pick was acquired by the Islanders from the Philadelphia Flyers on March 4 for defenseman Andrew MacDonald.

New York will receive Leddy and goaltender Kent Simpson from the Blackhawks in exchange for defensemen TJ Brennan and Ville Pokka and the rights to goaltender Anders Nilsson, a restricted free agent who is playing in Russia this season.

The Blackhawks said Pokka and Brennan will report to the Rockford IceHogs of the American Hockey League.

Boychuk, 30, had five goals, 23 points, 45 penalty minutes and was plus-31 in 75 games for the Bruins last season. At 6-foot-2 and 225 pounds, he adds size to the Islanders' defensive corps.

He can become an unrestricted free agent after the 2014-15 season.

The trade gives Boston more salary-cap flexibility. Boychuk carries a salary-cap charge of $3,366,667 for this season, with an actual salary of $3,600,000. Before the trade, the Bruins were more than $3.6 million over the salary cap, according to CapGeek, though they can place center Marc Savard on the long-term injury list and remove his $4.027,143 salary from their cap.

Leddy, 23, had seven goals, 31 points, 10 penalty minutes and a plus-10 rating with the Blackhawks last season, his fourth with Chicago. Leddy was taken by the Minnesota Wild with the 16th pick in the first round of the 2009 NHL Draft and traded to Chicago on Feb. 12, 2010.

Brennan, the highest-scoring defenseman in the American Hockey League last season with the Toronto Marlies, was signed by the Islanders as a free agent on July 1. Pokka, a 20-year-old Finn, was taken in the second round (No. 34) of the 2012 NHL Draft. He had been assigned by the Islanders to their AHL affiliate, the Bridgeport Sound Tigers, earlier in the day.

Simpson, 22, played 31 games with Rockford and one game with Chicago in 2013-14.
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