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NHL Trade Chatter: Lack Of Picks, Prospects Hurting Bruins



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MONTREAL — Heading into, at and after the NHL Draft, word around NHL insiders was that Boston Bruins general manager Don Sweeney was trying hard to make something happen on the NHL trade market at the NHL Draft in Montreal. When all was said and done though, the only trade Sweeney had accomplished was trading a third round pick for a fourth and a fifth round pick. While that may have been underwhelming, multiple NHL sources have confirmed to Boston Hockey Now that Sweeney was definitely not quiet working the phones on the NHL trade market at the draft.

“Sweens was working the phone; they want to make some trades” one NHL source told BHN early Friday evening.

The problem according to that source is that Don Sweeney and the Bruins don’t have or aren’t willing to have the goods necessary to be major players on what may be the busiest NHL trade market in recent memory. While the NHL salary cap has risen to $82.5 million, that hasn’t been nearly enough of a cushion for the majority of teams and if a GM wants to be a major player right now, he better be willing to give to get right now.

“You may think you’re gonna fleece one over someone right now and you’d be sorely mistaken,” another NHL source told BHN. “You need to be willing to ante up to get what you want right now, and seriously, if the Bruins aren’t willing on guys like [Fabian] Lysell, good luck.”

Fabian Lysell, whom the Bruins drafted 21st overall at the 2021 NHL Draft, was a stud for the Vancouver Giants (WHL), this past season with 22 goals and 40 assists in 53 games.

A team source has told BHN that for the most part Lysell is off the table in any NHL trade talks. Couple that with the fact that the Bruins didn’t have a first round pick and by most accounts, a plethora of coveted, blue chip prospects right now, and that may explain why Sweeney couldn’t move into the first round or even get another second rounder.

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Rick W Murray

“Sweens working the phones”,how many times you gonna hear that over the course of the next year or two? Never has one made so many phone calls and accomplished so little. Remember it’s not the quantity of the calls it’s the quality. Sweeney reminds me of the little engine that could, “ I think I can,” but in this case. He can’t. Gonna be a rough year. Once Sweeney signs Pasta, Bergy and Krecji he’ll be taking Victory bows from now till the end of his tenure.


Signing Krejic will only hurt the bruins in the long run


He works the phone! He calls his wife, his kids, the weather phone. He works the phone, then drafts undersized players. Again thid year, a5’10”, then a 5’11”, then ANOTHER Swedish player. He is IN LOVE with Swedish players.

Cory Olmstead

Whats wrong with Swedish players, would you have been against having Lidstrom or Zetterberg on the team. The fact Sweeney picks crappy players has nothing to do with them being swedish. Most of the Canadian and Americans he picked haven’t turned into anything

Michael Parahus

Sweeney is like a homeowner in dept. First mortgage isn’t enough….takes out a home equity….still not enough. Goes on the broker, secondary mortgage market and gets further in dept. He keeps mortgaging the future for one more grab at that brass ring with the aging core. He’s been doing that for years now. It’s catching up to him, he’ll go bankrupt (meaning lose and missing the playoffs) then, he’ll get fired, (Finally!)


Please oh please fire him and find a competent GM to lead the B’s into the next decade!


Not while his best friend is the president. He’ll stay as long as Neely stays. No reason to re sign him this year and yet…..


Ĺack of picks prospects in not only hurting the bruins try Cam and Don they have done all the damage


The reason the Bruins don’t have enough trade capital is because if the AWFUL job that Sweeney has done in drafting. Again this year, with the Bruins desperately in need of getting bigger and tougher, he drafts a 5’11” center, then a 5’10” center, then a Swede. THIS GUY JUST DOESN’T GET IT. For the Bruins to give him a contract extension means they don’t get it either or just don’t give a crap anymore. Instead of getting bigger and tougher, it’s the same old small, wimpy team. After being a fan for 41 years, I just can’t watch this… Read more »


Duarte ,your so right , and l been a Bruins fan for 65 years l seen the ups and downs but watching the bad signing of FA and trades and drafts and we all seen it coming. Sweeney won’t last the year Cam will fire him to save his butt

Mike S

Please go cheer for another team… So we don’t have to see you whine on here anymore.


We hear this from Sweeney every single year. He’s been working the phones. Like the last few years when all his ‘work’ brought them Haula, Norsek, Reilly, Forberg and other bottom tier players that brought them no closer to winning anything. Every time I hear that he’s working the phones to bring in top players, it makes me laugh!

Chuck Rose

I have a question. With our current signed player roster our cap is sitting at $80,116,667. That leaves $2,383,333 (figures from CapFriendly) to sign Bergy, Krech, Blidh, Lazar, and Brown. There isn’t enough money there to even sign Bergy let alone the rest. How exactly is Sweeney going to pull this off? It seems to me he’s going to have to do some trading. Getting rid of enough cap space will require trading high dollar/low performing players and get squat back for them. That means alot of bottom six guys and lower tier defensemen are going to be replaced by… Read more »

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Cory Olmstead

the worst part is all these articles saying that Krejci is coming back, like he left to be with his family after making over 7 million a season and wants to come back and play at the league minimum salary. How do they even sign Bergeron at all, like he want the league min. Bruins management has no loyalty to players (tried to forced the Captain into retirement, after he brought them the cup, then refused to sign him) If the management has no loyalty why would the players


Trade deadline trades are the most expensive. I don’t know why management, you dont know what you have during the season. If your at .500 mark, your not going to make a serious run. Why give up your draftpicks. Sweeney gas traded away his draftpicks for garbage? The only guys worth a dam are homegrown players. Also, giving away #2 overall picks for a bag of donuts doesn’t sit well with team development. Seguin was worth 5 #1’s. Now NHL PLAYERS are so expensive, make some trades for AHL PLAYERS that are exactly what you need. Bring them up and… Read more »

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