Last fall, Chris Bourque looked to be a dark-horse candidate to make the Washington Capitals’ roster in the bid for the final roster spot. Instead, he spent another season with the Hershey Bears of the American Hockey League.
On Saturday, the Caps sent the 5-foot-8 forward to the team that his father, Ray, spent most of his Hall of Fame career with, the Boston Bruins. Left wing Zach Hamill came back from Boston.
Bourque had 27 goals and 66 assists in 73 games with Hershey this past season. He’s set to be an unrestricted free agent July 1. He was a second-round pick of the Caps (33rd overall) in the 2004 draft. His time with Washington has been something of a roller-coaster, including his leaving for Russia’s Kontinental Hockey League and then the Swiss Elite League for the 2010-11 season.
Hamill played 16 games with Boston this past season and put up eight goals and 13 assists in 41 games at the AHL level with the Providence Bruins. He’s a restricted free agent this summer.
According to CapGeek, the qualifying offer the Caps need to make to keep the 23-year-old’s rights is $826,875. Hamill was the eighth overall pick in the 2007 draft.