Connect with us

Boston Bruins

Don Sweeney’s Contract With Bruins Is Yet To Be Extended

Published

on

NHL Trade

Boston Bruins general manager Don Sweeney confirmed to the media Wednesday that his contract with the team has yet to be extended.

Sweeney did however, indicate that a resolution should be reached soon.

“I’m under contract for right now. I’ve had a discussion earlier in the year in terms of the indication of where my path will be and that will be determined in short order.”

This Friday will mark seven years since Don Sweeney succeeded former Boston Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli, who led the franchise to their sixth and only Stanley Cup since 1972. At the time, Sweeney and team President Cam Neely stated that they were committed to gaining cap flexibility for the Bruins and getting them back to the Stanley Cup Playoffs after missing the postseason for the first time since the 2006-07 season. The Boston Bruins missed the playoffs the following two seasons but have made the dance every season since under Sweeney’s watch. They have also gone 313-162-61 during his eight seasons at the managerial helm of the stories Original 6 franchise.

With Sweeney as their GM, the Boston Bruins have lost in the first round twice (2017, 2022), three times in the second round (2018, 2020, 2021) and once in the Stanley Cup Final, in the heart-breaking Game 7 of the 2019 Stanley Final.

Sweeney also won the 2019 Jim Gregory General Manager of the year award following that Cup appearance.

After Sweeney was able to pull off another high impact trade at the 2022 NHL Trade Deadline, when he acquired defenseman Hampus Lindholm from the Anaheim Ducks, the team had even higher expectations to get back to the Cup Final but they ran into a buzzsaw in the Carolina Hurricanes and lost in seven games, unable to win one game at PNC Arena in Raleigh.

“We’re not playing and we’re disappointed,” Sweeney said in the season-ending press conference Wednesday. “Ultimately, how we performed throughout the series. …good pockets to it and I’m sure we can get into the nuances, but I mean ultimately we’re disappointed we’re not playing. So, we have to look internally first and foremost at areas that we need to improve. That falls on me and player personnel and we’re going to implement internally and properly so all those things have to be evaluated and they will be.”

In fact, Sweeney said that process has already begun and that they’re using the experience of last offseason to move forward.

We’re in that process already and then going back to the coaches, how do we continue to make the necessary tweaks, implementing the personnel that we have brought in? I think we did a pretty good job last year of really attacking some of the areas. …we have a lot of players that have left the organization in the last three years that have been big parts. You’re talking about Tuukka, you’re talking about Krejci, you’re talking about players that have been here a while and helped us win. So replacing those players, and implementing those players, you saw a little bit of that in the first part of the season. We had some new faces and people were figuring out where they were going to fit in and Bruce [Cassidy] and his staff figured out what impacts they were going to make.”

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.

8 Comments
Subscribe
Notify of
guest
8 Comments
Oldest
Newest Most Voted
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
Anonymous

Don S & Cam N. should both be on short deals IF at all. Boston needs a new voice(s) at the top.

William Mahoney

It isn’t Sweeney but the Bruins Owner and senior Managers must evaluate the players and find players that can score goals like a Jack Eichel. Eichel wants to be a Bruin and has the skills. Hall the most talented player is underutilized without a center.

Bob Lataille

OMG, will you SHUT UP about Jack Eichel already?!? It’s pathetic they way you go on about this guy who YET AGAIN did NOT make the playoffs. Sure was a great trade for Vegas, right? My god, give it a rest. Eichel will NEVER be Bruin. Vegas gave up a lot for him, and they’re not letting him go. Stop talking about Eichel!

DonkaDoo

If Bergy retires, the Bs need to tank and get in the lottery for Connor Bedard.

Jonathan Magasanik

Sweeney has survived based on Chirelli’s drafting. The core of the team was inherited and he had done nothing substantial along the way to support an extension. BAD drafting (can you say three first round picks in a row); horrible free agent signings (most end up in buyouts) and for the most part ineffective trade deadline deals further sacrificing the future or cleaning up his mistakes. He needs to go. In a salary cap age you pay your superstars and fill in the ranks from below – which the B’s cant.

Kevin L

Been reading this predictable crap since my first game in 1962.
Boston sports writers are so predictable. Same old sh** every time a team doesn’t win a championship… or even a first round. All it takes is one “writer” to start firing GM’s and coaches and the rest of you lose your collective focus (and senses).

Regurgitating this nonsense affords writers a Day Off… because there’s no thought which goes into in this annoying annual ritual.

You’re all (writers following this front office non-issue) an embarrassment.

Rick W Murray

Fire sweeney

Copyright ©2020 National Hockey Now and Boston Hockey Now.