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Morning Skate: Full circle

Kind of.

Toronto Maple Leafs v Boston Bruins Photo by Brian Babineau/NHLI via Getty Images

Happy Friday, folks — what a week it has been, eh?

It was a quiet day for the Bruins yesterday, a welcome respite after Wednesday’s frenzy.

Who knows what today will bring — a trade? A signing? NOTHING? Time will tell.

One thing that stuck out to me earlier this week was the (kind of) end of a chapter that began on one of the busier trade stretches in recent years for the Bruins.

Back in late June of 2015, the Bruins traded Milan Lucic to the Los Angeles Kings for Colin Miller, Martin Jones, and a first-round pick.

Miller would eventually be lost in the Vegas expansion draft, and the first-round pick turned into Jakub Zboril.

After that, however, the Bruins traded Jones to the San Jose Sharks in exchange for a first-round pick and Sean Kuraly; the pick ended up being Trent Frederic.

(As a brief aside, that was some good GM’ing: a back-nine Milan Lucic basically turned into two first-round picks.)

Anyways, what’s the point of all of this? Two of those names were on the move earlier this week, as Kuraly signed a deal with Columbus and Jones got bought out by San Jose before signing to be a back-up in Philly.

It kind of closed the book on that trade, as both guys left the teams they’d been a part of since the deal was made.

As you undoubtedly remember, there were plenty of people (as recently as a couple of years ago) who insisted that it would have been a better idea for the Bruins to keep Jones and get rid of their other goalie (who shall not be named).

Good call!

Overall, however, it’s interesting that the pieces involved in that trade ended up being on the move on the same day, and it’s fair to say that Kuraly ended up being the more in-demand player.

That’s likely something not many would have thought back in 2015.

Today’s discussion topic

That’s enough hockey for this week. What’s on tap for the weekend?