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Bruins waive former first-round pick Hamill

Feb 6, 2012, 1:12 PM EDT

Zach Hamill

Zach Hamill‘s tumultuous time in the Boston organization could soon be over.

The 22-year-old center, taken eighth overall at the 2007 NHL Entry Draft, was put on waivers today. Hamill appeared in 16 games for the Bruins this year but had been ice cold of late — he’d been scoreless since Dec. 13, when he registered an assist against the Kings.

A highly-touted prospect coming out of Everett of the WHL, Hamill was taken ahead of a number of quality centers in 2007, mostly notably San Jose Sharks All-Star Logan Couture. Since then, he’s struggled to find his niche with the organization and hit a low point last season when he was a healthy scratch for AHL Providence.

“[Hamill’s] not doing anything, to be blunt,” head coach Rob Murray said at the time.

CSNNE’s Joe Haggerty was unsurprised to learn that Hamill had been put on waivers.

“Writing was on the wall after weak effort vs. Penguins on Saturday,” he tweeted. “NHL strength was a problem.”

Hamill, an impending RFA, can be claimed by any team before noon tomorrow — the claiming team would assume the rest of his $1,316,667 annual cap hit. If he goes unclaimed, he’ll report back to Providence.

  1. odj810 - Feb 6, 2012 at 1:20 PM

    why not try to trade him instead? he has to have some worth on the market

    • elvispocomo - Feb 6, 2012 at 4:13 PM

      Typically in cases like these the Bruins have surely been calling other teams to gauge interest. If no one was even offering a low draft pick, then what else are you going to do?

      It might even be that there wasn’t enough of a return offered and they still have hope for him. Then they’d be taking a chance he doesn’t get claimed by a team with room to play him in the NHL so they cold let him develop just a little more and then trade him in the offseason or hope he sticks with the team after training camp.

  2. cowboys282 - Feb 6, 2012 at 1:47 PM

    Great move. The difference in effort between Hamill and Caron was striking. Although both young, Caron simply played like he wanted help the team. Hamill caused some brutal turnovers a dumb mistakes.

    This also shows why Peter Chiarelli is so great. Everyone can make mistakes when drafting. But some GM’s will hold onto their mistakes to long so they don’t look bad. Chiarelli is more concerned with whats best for the team. If a player doesn’t fit the Bruin way then send him packing no matter when he was drafted.

    • danphipps01 - Feb 6, 2012 at 3:11 PM

      Yeah. I mean, he got well and truly fleeced on the Kaberle deal, but what did he do? Try to sign him and force it to work, just to make it look like he was confident? No. He basically just admitted it was a bad move and shot him out of a cannon to Carolina. He lost more than he gained in the moves involving Kaberle, but do you see anyone criticizing him about it? No. Because he’s already moved on to improving the team in other ways. Guy doesn’t commit to anyone who doesn’t earn it, even if he’s cashed in big to get them. Ballsy and damn good at his job.

  3. back2backbees - Feb 6, 2012 at 3:23 PM

    it was obvious this guy needed to go, he was the worst player on the ice his last 3 starts

  4. nhlbruins90 - Feb 6, 2012 at 11:01 PM

    Well, he might have had a few lackluster games, but he seemed to work hard earlier in the season. For awhile, I thought he might have had the NHL figured out. Guess not.

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