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Bruins ship Martin Jones to Sharks for first-round pick, prospect

Martin Jones never got to put on a Bruins uniform, being dealt to the Sharks just days after Boston acquired him from the Kings. Jim Mone/AP

It was not a long tenure for Martin Jones in Boston.

Just four days after he was traded from Los Angeles to Boston as part of the Milan Lucic deal, the goaltender was shipped out to San Jose. Jones, who is a restricted free agent, brought back a first-round pick in 2016 and a prospect, the unsigned Sean Kuraly.

Kuraly, a 6-foot-2-inch, 201-pound center, is another Miami (Ohio) player, adding to a growing stockpile in Boston, along with right wing Reilly Smith and forward Austin Czarnik, who signed an entry-level deal in April.

The return on Lucic has been excellent, a bright spot in an otherwise questionable four days of signings and trades. Though they had to retain $2.75 million of Lucic’s $6 million salary in 2015-16, the Bruins ultimately received two first-round picks — one in this year’s draft (No. 13), one in next year’s — and two prospects, Kuraly and defenseman Colin Miller.

Miller could be a candidate to play with the Bruins this coming season.


Kuraly, 22, was an assistant captain for the RedHawks this past season, and had 19 goals and 10 assists. In his career, Kuraly has 37 goals and 33 assists in 118 games. He was a fifth-round pick of the Sharks in 2011.

He has the potential to be a good two-way player, a classic Bruins center, though he has not yet been able to put it together offensively.

Jones was hoping to find a situation in which he could be a No. 1 goaltender, and that situation was not going to be in Boston. Tuukka Rask is signed for six more years at $7 million per year, and Sweeney made it clear Tuesday that the team is not planning on trading its starter.

“Absolutely, Tuukka Rask, not on the market,” he said. “Not sure where those [rumors] necessarily came from, but I appreciate you asking me so I can deliver emphatically that did not happen.”


An energy guy

One day after the Bruins traded for agitator Zac Rinaldo, a player who has been suspended for 14 games in his NHL career and has scored just eight goals, Sweeney gave a little insight into why they acquired him for a 2017 third-round draft choice.

“We wanted a little more energy,” Sweeney said. “I talked about playing with a little more energy in our lineup, and it’s ready-made in that regard. He’s a player that’s still young and he plays with a tremendous amount of courage.

“We need to get him to make sure he finds that line, because he’s crossed over it a few times. But he’s got tremendous enthusiasm for the game, and speaking with him yesterday, he was very, very excited about being a member of the Boston Bruins and doing whatever he could to help us win.”

Rinaldo, 25, projects to be a fourth-line player, one without the skill or speed the Bruins were looking to gain this offseason.

The Bruins appear to be hoping that there is more to Rinaldo than has been seen in his 223-game NHL career.

“As coaches, I’m sure they’re talking to him and right away they think, ‘OK, there’s more to give from this player than the crash-and-bang style that he’s accustomed to playing, and we’re going to go to work on that,’ ” said Sweeney.

Some qualifiers

The Bruins qualified three players: Ryan Spooner, Brett Connolly, and Jones. They declined to qualify Matt Lindblad, Rob Flick, and Adam Morrison . . . Sweeney revealed that defenseman Matt Bartkowski would test the market as an unrestricted free agent . . . Defenseman David Warsofsky is an unrestricted free agent, but Sweeney left open the possibility that the Bruins could re-sign him . . . Sweeney said the team has had talks with agents of unrestricted players, but has not yet brought any of them to Boston for discussions. He did say that the team would be targeting players with the ability to score goals, if the Bruins do choose to make acquisitions . . . The general manager said he has had discussions with “a lot of teams” about trading Marc Savard and his contract to another team.


Amalie Benjamin can be reached at amalie.benjamin@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter@amaliebenjamin.