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BHN Daily: Don Sweeney Must Act Now And Not At NHL Trade Deadline



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If the absolute stinker his listless and seemingly unmotivated team laid in a 4-0 loss to the New York Rangers Saturday doesn’t convince Boston Bruins General Manager not to wait until the NHL Trade Deadline to make a move, nothing will!

As my partner in crime Joe Haggerty wrote Sunday morning, it’s time to shake up the Bruins’ roster with a trade. Not at the NHL Trade Deadline when prices will skyrocket but now. It’s become painfully clear that somehow, despite having the epitome of work ethic in their leadership group of captain Patrice Bergeron and alternate captains Brad Marchand and David Krejci, a Club Med atmosphere has developed amongst the transitional leadership group of Charlie Coyle, Chris Wagner, and Sean Kuraly. The conduits from the captaincy trio are not leading by example and delivering the message to the younger players and too many nights there are too many passengers.

Only one season into their contracts they signed back on November 27, 2019, there is a solid chance that either Weymouth’s Prodigal son or the Mayor of Walpole could find themselves playing away from home again. With Coyle having a modified no-movement and no-trade clause, it’s very likely it won’t be home but it would be no surprise if the Bruins are trying after watching the Minnesota Wild version of the veteran center return this season.

Speaking of the Wild, they’re suddenly buyers with just under a month until the deadline but it would behoove Sweeney to look deeper into the Arizona Coyotes roster than just defenseman Oliver-Ekman Larsson and also to explore the roster of the Bruins’ normal Atlantic Division rivals, the Ottawa Senators. As I write in the latest ‘Off The Record’, both could have young core pieces with term available before the NHL Trade Deadline or at the NHL Draft. 

Now onto the rest of your BHN Daily clips:


Speaking of NHL Trade rumors, you can pull Jack Eichel’s name off your NHL Trade bait lists for now because the disgruntled Buffalo Sabres captain is going to be out ‘for the foreseeable future’ with an upper-body injury. (TSN)



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In honor of Captain Obvious, we give you Larry Brooks’ Sunday column about the new TV deal between the NHL and ESPN (NY Post)

Tampa Bay Lightning goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy became the first goaltender in NHL history to post a win streak of eight-plus games in four consecutive seasons in a 6-3 Lightning win over the Nashville Predators after the Bolts raised their second Stanley Cup banner for their fans. (NHL)

Really awesome story here of a good deed by Vancouver Canucks goalie Braden Holtby gone bad and then made good again! (Sportsnet)

Finally, the Irish-themed Murph’s Music Pick of The Day continues with a band that served as the subject for the first article I ever had published back in my days writing for The Daily Collegian at UMass-Amherst! 


With 20 years of experience (SiriusXM NHL Network Radio, ESPNBoston, NESN,, etc.) covering the Bruins, the NHL, NCAA and junior hockey and more, Jimmy Murphy’s hockey black book is full of Hall of Famers, current players, coaches, management, scouts and a wide array of hockey media personalities that have lived in and around this great game. For 17 of his 20 years as a hockey and sports reporter, Murph covered the Bruins on essentially a daily basis covering their victorious 2011 Stanley Cup run and their 2013 run to the Final as well. Murphy has hosted national and local radio shows and podcasts and also has experience in TV as well.

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Rick W Murray

I think Sweeney needs to be traded right out of beantown he knew what the team needed he’s known for years but hasn’t done anything about it I don’t think he’ll do anything cause he can never seem to close the big deal. It’s time for a management sweep all the way to the top

Dave Rattigan

couldn’t agree more


this team has not been the same since the pause. does anyone really think sweeney will make the right deal or sweeney having an outstanding draft? ryan lindgreen would like very nice of the bruins blue line. everyone knew that nash was going to be a bust. kase is absolutely brutal. ritchie has turned his game around. has been one of the better players so far. i really think that sweeney made the choice of resigning coyle over krug. without krug is one of the reasons the offense and power play are struggling. sweeney’s relationship with neely,means sweeney is going… Read more »

Eric Lord

It is easy to say make a trade now, but you have to have a willing trade partner. Most sellers aren’t going to sell now unless you overpay or blow them away with an offer. It makes more sense for them to wait until closer to the trade deadline and pit rival teams against each other in trade talks

[…] If Don Sweeney is looking to right his Bruins ship, then the GM needs to act now and not wait until the NHL Trade Deadline. [Boston Hockey Now] […]

[…] Jimmy Murphy of Boston Hockey NOW:  Boston is still a bit of a shaky mess, even with the win against Pittsburgh on Tuesday night. With Boston struggling defensively and at times everywhere else, the time may be now for Don Sweeney. Pulling off a trade in the next week or so may save on trade costs as opposed to near the trade deadline. […]

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