The Capitals acquired center Zach Hamill of the Boston Bruins (or rather, the Providence Bruins) in exchange for Hershey left wing Chris Bourque Bourque Bourque. I assume this happened because Chris Bourque is the son of Ray Bourque. Yes, THAT Ray Bourque. You know, the one who won a Stanley Cup with the Colorado Avalanche.
Otherwise there is no upside for acquiring Chris Bourque. He is the black sheep of the Bourque family. Ray used to go to Flames games and cheer “Go Rene! That’s my boy!” just to taunt Chris. Chris Bourque played 8 KHL games before giving up in disgust. Exactly one year later he switched to the Swiss League (note: this is not an upgrade). He returned to the Bears and put up 27-66-93, apparently in penance.
I don’t know anything about Zach Hamill, but his name sounds familiar, so I assume I have a hockey card of him. This is not surprising. I have 95 Al Iafrate cards. He (Hamill, not Iafrate) went 8-3-21 with the Peebs in 41 games, so, not great. They’re both first round draft picks who seem to have sputtered somewhat in their development, as they’ve been league-hopping for about 6 years each. Frankly, the most important thing about this trade is it’s given me something to write about. Thanks.