Matt Beleskey is about to turn 30 and the only thing of note he's done in his career was put up 22 goals in 2014-15, which I'm pretty sure was more of a product of playing with Corey Perry in Anaheim. He's also put up 6 points in 21 games with Providence this year. Providence. For what he was getting paid, 6 points in 21 games would have been pathetic if he was doing it in the NHL, never mind the AHL. As much as I wanted to love Beleskey, he was just too frustrating to watch.
And speaking of frustrating, that pretty much defines the career of Ryan Spooner. You never knew which Ryan Spooner you would get prior to the game starting; the Ryan Spooner who was a playmaking dynamo or the Ryan Spooner who didn't know what the hell he was doing on the ice. He's yet another Bruins prospect that hasn't lived up to the hype, but to be fair, he's certainly done better than other Bruins prospects that have been hyped to the moon and back (re: Jared Knight, Zach Hamill, Joe Colborne, Jordan Caron, etc.) but at 26 and playing at such a deep position for the Bruins, he was completely expendable.
I like this deal. The Bruins can't be trusted with first round draft picks anyway, so this is a pretty positive move for the team. I honestly feel like the Bruins didn't give up that much for such a premiere player.