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Capitals trade Chris Bourque to Boston for Zach Hamill

May 26, 2012, 5:38 PM EDT

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Chris Bourque’s long, strange trip just got a bit more odd.

Bourque was traded by the Washington Capitals to the Boston Bruins for prospect Zach Hamill sending Bourque, the AHL’s top scorer this season, to the city his father Raymond carved out his Hall-Of-Fame career in.

Bourque had 27 goals and 66 assists, good for 93 points, with the Hershey Bears but lost out on league MVP honors to Lightning prospect Cory Conacher. Bourque spent the majority of his career in the Capitals organization but also got a 20-game spin with the Pittsburgh Penguins. In 33 career NHL games Bourque scored one goal and three assists.

Bourque, 26, may not even see time in Boston (or Providence in the AHL) as he’ll be an unrestricted free agent this summer. Maybe he won’t need to deal with dad’s shadow directly after all. It’s doubtful that the Bruins will let him walk, however.

Hamill was at one point a top prospect in the Bruins organization but has since fallen on their depth chart. Hamill finished this past season with just eight goals and 13 assists in 41 games in Providence. He’ll be a restricted free agent this summer.

  1. danphipps01 - May 26, 2012 at 8:29 PM

    How does a guy who can put up nearly a hundred points in the AHL fail to carve out at least a solid fourth-line presence in the big league? I’m baffled. He’s clearly got SOME talent. You’d think he’d have been able to stabilize a lower-level position with a team like the Caps.

    • demons87 - May 27, 2012 at 3:16 AM

      The AHL Scoring leader list is littered with names of players that never really made it.

      Season Player Team
      2011–12 Cory Conacher Norfolk Admirals
      2010–11 Colin McDonald Oklahoma City Barons
      2009–10 Alexandre Giroux Hershey Bears
      2008–09 Alexandre Giroux Hershey Bears
      2007–08 Jason Krog Chicago Wolves
      2006–07 Brett Sterling Chicago Wolves
      2005–06 Donald MacLean Grand Rapids Griffins
      Denis Hamel Binghamton Senators
      2004–05 Mike Cammalleri Manchester Monarchs
      2003–04 Jeff Hamilton Bridgeport Sound Tigers
      2002–03 Eric Healey Manchester Monarchs
      2001–02 Justin Papineau Worcester IceCats
      Eric Boguniecki Worcester IceCats
      2000–01 Brad Smyth Hartford Wolf Pack
      1999–00 Mike Maneluk Philadelphia Phantoms
      1998–99 Jeff Williams Albany River Rats
      1997–98 Paul Brousseau Adirondack Red Wings
      1996–97 Peter White Philadelphia Phantoms
      1995–96 Brad Smyth Carolina Monarchs
      1994–95 Steve Larouche Prince Edward Island Senators
      1993–94 Patrik Augusta St. John’s Maple Leafs
      1992–93 Chris Tancill Adirondack Red Wings
      1991–92 Dan Currie Cape Breton Oilers
      1990–91 Michel Picard Springfield Indians
      1989–90 John LeBlanc Cape Breton Oilers
      1988–89 Stephan Lebeau Sherbrooke Canadiens
      1987–88 Jody Gage Rochester Americans
      1986–87 Glenn Merkosky Adirondack Red Wings
      1985–86 Paul Gardner Rochester Americans
      1984–85 Paul Gardner Binghamton Whalers
      1983–84 Mal Davis Rochester Americans
      1982–83 Mitch Lamoureux Baltimore Skipjacks
      1981–82 Richard David Fredericton Express
      1980–81 Tony Cassolato Hershey Bears
      Mark Lofthouse Hershey Bears
      1979–80 Gordie Clark Maine Mariners
      1978–79 Rocky Saganiuk New Brunswick Hawks
      1977–78 Richard Grenier Binghamton Dusters
      1976–77 Pierre Mondou Nova Scotia Voyageurs
      1975–76 Ron Andruff Nova Scotia Voyageurs
      1974–75 Doug Gibson Rochester Americans
      Barry Merrell Rochester Americans
      Peter Sullivan Nova Scotia Voyageurs
      Jerry Holland Providence Reds
      1973–74 Murray Kuntz Rochester Americans
      1972–73 Yvon Lambert Nova Scotia Voyageurs
      1971–72 Wayne Rivers Springfield Kings
      1970–71 Doug Volmar Springfield Kings
      1969–70 Guy Trottier Buffalo Bisons
      1968–69 Guy Trottier Buffalo Bisons
      1967–68 Eddie Kachur Providence Reds
      1966–67 Roger DeJordy Hershey Bears
      1965–66 Dick Gamble Rochester Americans
      Alain Caron Buffalo Bisons
      1964–65 Len Lunde Buffalo Bisons
      1963–64 Jim Anderson Springfield Indians
      Yves Locas Pittsburgh Hornets
      1962–63 Hank Ciesla Cleveland Barons
      1961–62 Floyd Smith Springfield Indians
      Barry Cullen Buffalo Bisons
      1960–61 Jim Anderson Springfield Indians
      1959–60 Stan Smrke Rochester Americans
      1958–59 Ken Schinkel Springfield Indians
      1957–58 Dunc Fisher Hershey Bears
      1956–57 Paul Larivee Providence Reds
      1955–56 Camille Henry Providence Reds
      1954–55 Eddie Olson Cleveland Barons
      1953–54 Lorne Ferguson Hershey Bears
      1952–53 Ike Hildebrand Cleveland Barons
      1951–52 Steve Wochy Cleveland Barons
      1950–51 Fred Glover Indianapolis Capitals
      1949–50 Roy Kelly Cleveland Barons
      1948–49 Sid Smith Pittsburgh Hornets
      Carl Liscombe Providence Reds
      1947–48 Carl Liscombe Providence Reds
      1946–47 Johnny Holota Cleveland Barons
      1945–46 Joe Bell New Haven Eagles/Hershey Bears
      1944–45 Louis Trudel Cleveland Barons
      1943–44 Pete Horeck Cleveland Barons
      1942–43 Harry Frost Hershey Bears
      1941–42 Louis Trudel Washington Lions
      1940–41 Fred Thurier Springfield Indians
      1939–40 Norm Locking Syracuse Stars
      1938–39 Phil Hergesheimer Cleveland Barons
      1937–38 Phil Hergesheimer Cleveland Barons
      1936–37 Bryan Hextall Philadelphia Ramblers

  2. bethgoesglobal - May 27, 2012 at 2:21 AM

    I couldn’t believe that he wasn’t called up regularly from Hershey this season. His preseason play was really pretty good, certainly better than Eakin’s. In fact, I’m pretty surprised that he wasn’t in on opening night.
    & Now they trade him to Boston!?! and for who??? I know the Caps need a center but something tells me this guy ain’t it.
    Let’s just hope this isn’t a sign of things to come for the Caps this summer.

  3. groversrovers - May 27, 2012 at 4:25 AM

    Well played, sir. Bryan Hextall is the patriarch to one of the greatest hockey families ever. They should put Ronnie in just for his rookie year Vezina & losing team Conn Smythe, not to mention career numbers: 2 G 36 A 829 PIM.. as a goalie! Drew more heat as a player than Crosby ever could. I remember fans having to be restrained by security after road games because they wanted a piece of him. If thats not enough, he also revolutionized the position of goaltender. No Hexy, No Brodeur. A dying breed for sure…until they ‘void the zoid’. Anyway, Bourque needed to bulk up and earn his chops in Hershey. Caps’ team management was a little shaky this season, especially early on. He is talented and head strong. He will develop into a solid NHL player soon enough. His younger brother Ryan (spitting image of Raym) was drafted by the Rangers in 2009.

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