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BHN Daily: How Important Is NHL Trade Deadline For Don Sweeney?

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Could Boston Bruins General Manager Don Sweeney and head coach Bruce Cassidy be in trouble and will Sweeney save them and the Bruins’ season before the NHL Trade Deadline?

“That’s not as crazy a question as you might think,” a trusted NHL source told ‘Off The Record’ on Saturday. “Let’s see what happens here at the deadline and what happens down the stretch here, but one of those teams is likely missing the playoffs, and they’ve got some serious questions to ask and answer about what direction their teams are headed in.”

With the Bruins, just three points ahead of an equally sputtering Philadelphia Flyers for the final playoff spot from the East Division and the Flyers have a solid chance to cut that lead down to a point with a win over the division punching bag, the Buffalo Sabres Monday night, the heat is on Sweeney to right the ship before the NHL Trade Deadline by acquiring scoring help. If he can’t do that, many around the NHL are starting to wonder if Sweeney, more so than Cassidy, will be back next season as Bruins GM?

The 2021 NHL Trade Deadline is in two weeks and the Bruins continue to be stuck in quicksand and unable to shoot a puck into a soccer net right now. Following a second straight 1-0 loss to the New Jersey Devils on Sunday night and their fifth 1-0 loss this season, Cassidy made it exactly clear what he’d like Sweeney to do before the NHL Trade Deadline. 

“We’re fighting to stay in the mix,” Cassidy said bluntly. “I think we’ve done a good job of that; we’re in every game. We are like I’ve said, offensively, I think we’re a better defensive team makeup in terms of our roster anyways, that’s why our numbers are very good defensively. Offensively, we’re not built to outscore teams but right now, we do need a little more.” 

Cassidy went on to use the Devils’ goal as the perfect example of what the Bruins need to start doing if they want to score more and that’s creating offense from defense. The current price for Nashville Predators defenseman Mattias Ekholm is too rich for the Bruins, mainly because they’re not interested in moving center Jack Studnicka but according to numerous sources that has only intensified Sweeney’s search for a top 4 defenseman, as well as a top 6 winger. Will he be successful before the NHL Trade Deadline? Not only is the season hinging on the answer to that question but possibly his fate in Boston as well. 

 

Now onto the rest of your BHN Daily Links:

 

Boston Bruins forwards Brad Marchand, Sean Kuraly, and Jake DeBrusk remain on the NHL COVID Protocol list and are questionable for tomorrow’s rematch with the Devils (NHL)

The Bruins will definitely be without goalie Tuukka Rask again on Tuesday and likely defensemen Kevan Miller and Brandon Carlo. (Boston Hockey Now)

Did the Bruins get screwed out of a win or at least a chance at a point Sunday night? My partner-in-crime Joe Haggerty has more. (Boston Hockey Now)

The Bruins now have even stiffer competition for a top 4 defenseman on the NHL Trade market as the Florida Panthers have likely lost defenseman Aaron Ekblad (Florida Hockey Now)

Despite going just 0-1-1 over the last week, the Bruins still moved up a spot in the TSN Power Rankings (TSN)

The Montreal Canadiens added another Stanley Cup winner to their roster, acquiring Eric Staal from the Sabres last Friday but the leadership of 2007 Cup winner Corey Perry has already been huge for the Habs. (Sportsnet)

Vegas Golden Knights head coach Pete DebBoer showed why he’s still one of the best coaches in the NHL on Saturday (Vegas Hockey Now)

Finally here’s your Murph’s Music Pick of The Day in honor of the UMass Men’s Hockey Team making the Frozen Four!

 

With 20 years of experience (SiriusXM NHL Network Radio, ESPNBoston, NESN, NHL.com, 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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Jim

Pixies????? Waste of electricity to amplify that sound!

Rick W Murray

Sweeney’s history if he doesn’t trade and soon. He’s had all year to do something! He didn’t do anything. His reluctancy to do anything until the last minute over the years has really hurt this club! Anyone who says don’t panic we have no worries, games in hand, multiple contests against Buff. With the way they’re playing who’s to say they will win the majority of those games in hand as well as against buff.? Not with the way they’ve been going. NJ not a very good team yet they beat us every time. At this point I don’t care… Read more »

Charley

You couldn’t of worded it any better!!

Chris

Sweeny needs to be fired. His drafting has been horrible. Bergeron, Marchand, and rask hide how bad of a GM he is. SWEENY should be fired just because of the 2015 draft, he has ran this team into the ground. A half decent GM should of been able to build around this core and won a couple of cups. There was lots of cheap good options in FA this year and sweeny did nothing. It was no secret that secondary scoring was going to be an issue, everyone knew that, and yet he did nothing and acts surprised now that… Read more »

Rick W Murray

You got it Chris ! I cringed when he was named gm of the year a few years back. I knew that that had bought him some more time! I always get ticked on hockey rumours circulating when I hear Sweeney’s in on this player of that player when if fact he’s probably fast asleep in his lazy boy recliner. No gm does less. Look I wasn’t huge fan of Peter C but at least Pete pulled off the blockbuster every now and then. With Sweeney we get the Jimmy Hayes and Backes’s most gms would be fired after a… Read more »

Mike S

It’s always easier to draft 5 years after the fact, right?

Chris

You are right Mike but every year he goes off the board thinking he is smarter than everyone else. This would be ok if he hit on a couple of them but he doesn’t so he deserves the criticism. He refuses to draft out of the CHL for whatever reason, The one time he does it turns out to be his top prospect. For the last two years they have the worst ranked prospects thats his fault an the scouting staffs.

Comrie

I have very little faith that Sweeney can pull off a trade that can save the Bruins season. The draft of 2015 still ranks as one of the worst in Bruins history and I feel was the start of the problems that the Bruins have now. Imagine if Sweeney and Neely hadn’t gone off the board for their 13,14 and 15 picks. They could have had any 3 of the following players in their lineup now. Barzal, Connor, Chabot, Boeser and Konecny. Scoring wouldn’t be a problem.

Who didn’t predict this? Fire the guy

Don Sweeney has packed this team full of third liners and completely wasted the last 5 years of Marchand and Bergeron in their prime. Fire this clown. His drafting is the difference maker in putting them in this current situation. Could you imagine if he had hit one even ONE of those 3 picks on the first round? This team isn’t 1 or 2 pieces away from a Stanley cup, it’s more like 5 or 6 pieces away, and let’s face it, the window is basically shut for the “core” at this point. Don Sweeney wasted the opportunity of a… Read more »

WILLIAM Grushey

SWEENEY BETTER MAKE A MOVE OFFENSIVELY!? TO MANY 1 0 OR W TO 1 GAMES !! SCORING IS EHAT WE NEED BESIDES OUR STARTING 5 ???

Charley

Bruins management should be left at the curb. Every year they make the wrong choices, “ if any” in regards to adding talent.

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