Capitals trade Chris Bourque to Boston

The Capitals traded minor league center Chris Bourque to Boston for forward prospect Zach Hamill on Saturday.

Hamill, 23, spent the bulk of the 2011-12 season with the AHL’s Providence Bruins where he recorded eight goals, 13 assists and 24 penalty minutes in 41 games. A 5-foot-11, 180-pound Vancouver native, Hamill has appeared in 20 NHL games and recorded four assists in that span.

Hamil is a restricted free agent this summer. According to Capgeek.com, Hamill’s qualifying offer for next season is $826,875. He was the eighth overall pick in the 2007 entry draft.

On the other side of the deal, Washington sent Bourque to the organization where his father, Hall of Famer Ray Bourque, spent the bulk of his career.

Bourque, 26, led the AHL in scoring in the regular season with 93 points (27 goals, 66 assists) in 73 games with Hershey this season. He is set to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1.

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