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Bruins Trade Johnny Boychuk to Islanders

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It was announced on Saturday that the Bruins have traded star defenseman Johnny Boychuk to the New York Islanders in exchange for three draft picks. Jared Wickerham/Getty Images

A staple of the Bruins blue line is heading out of town, as it was announced on Saturday that the B’s have traded defenseman Johnny Boychuk to the New York Islanders.

Newsday’s Arthur Staple was the first to report the trade. The Bruins will receive three draft picks for the 30-year-old defenseman: a second and conditional third round pick in 2015 and a second rounder in 2016.

The team announced the trade as official just after 2:30 p.m.

Boychuk has been the subject of trade rumors since the end of last season, as the Bruins salary cap situation is very tight, Boychuk carries a $3.366 million cap hit, is an impending free agent, and the Bruins have a core of talented young defensemen waiting in the wings.

Boychuk joined the Bruins back in 2008-09 and spent six years with the club. The defenseman scored 19 goals and 56 assists 317 regular season games with the Bruins and was a major piece in the Boston's two trips to the Stanley Cup Final, including their Cup-winning campaign in 2011.

A second round draft pick in 2002 by the Colorado Avalanche, Boychuk broke into the NHL with the Avs in 2007-08, playing four games.

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