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Boston gives up first-round pick to Dallas for making Eastern finals

Jimm Nill, Tom Gaglardi, Jim Lites

Dallas Stars owner and Governor Tom Gaglardi, left, and president and CEO Jim Lites, right, present Jim Nill, center, with a team jersey after a news conference where Nill was introduced as the team’s new general manager Monday, April 29, 2013, in Dallas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)


One thing that came out of the Bruins finishing off the Rangers and advancing to the Eastern Conference finals was settling an issue at this summer’s draft.

By making it that far, Boston now gives up their first-round pick to the Dallas Stars as part of the Jaromir Jagr trade. While the future Hall of Famer has had some awful goal-scoring luck in the postseason, he’s helped the Bruins get deep into the postseason. For the Stars, however, their chance to turn their summer into a big and busy one is there.

According to, the Stars have $44 million committed to 17 players next season. Having roughly $20 million available to add to the cap means teams looking to shed salary to get under it could come calling the Stars for relief.

New GM Jim Nill will have his hands full in trying to fix things up to help the Stars make the playoffs next season but the cap space on top of having two first-round picks means the summer could be huge for sprucing up a team in need of good things.

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