As many of you might have figured out by now, the Bruins have officially made former assistant general manager Don Sweeney the new General Manager of the Bruins. Sweeney was the assistant GM for 5 years. When former GM Peter Chiarelli got fired, many Bruins insiders believed Sweeney was the favorite due to the fact that Sweeney knew most of the players on the Bruins roster, and he knew how Cam Neely wanted the Bruins built. One of the biggest reasons why Peter Chiarelli was on the chopping block was due to the fact that he traded Bruins #2 overall pick, Tyler Seguin. Seguin & Peverley were sent to the Dallas Stars for prospects Joe Morrow, Ryan Button, Matt Fraser, and Reilly Smith. Boston also acquired 1st line winger Loui Eriksson. The Bruins however would end up losing Matt Fraser to waivers, as the Edmonton Oilers (Chiarelli’s future team) placed a claim on the young winger.
Peter Chiarelli’s 2015 version of the Bruins looked to be a defensive power house. Until the cap strapped Bruins made a move to get under the cap. The Bruins would trade top-4 defenseman, Johnny Boychuck to the New York Islanders for a second and conditional third round pick in 2015 and a second rounder in 2016.
The Bruins locker room was in complete disarray, as many believed Boychuck would never be a piece that would get traded. Peter Chiarelli doomed the Bruins before they even had a chance to step on the ice. After a season of struggles & let downs, the Bruins would finish with a 41-27-14 record. Good enough for 96 points, however not good enough for a playoff spot in the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs.
Now that the Bruins have named Don Sweeney the General Manager, he will have some big shoes to fill and alot of work to do. Sweeney needs to rescue the Bruins from the cap jail Chiarelli put them in. In Sweeney’s first press conference as the 8th GM of the Bruins, he sounded as if he wasn’t fully on board with the Seguin trade. “…That’s where the impatience comes in at times, and we’ve made some mistakes and allowed some players to leave this organization that we might regret.”
Sweeney has alot of work ahead of him, but one of the most important tasks at hand right now, will head coach Claude Julien keep his job or get fired? Cam Neely has said multiple times, he’d like to go in another direction. Someone who presents a more offensive system and allows the forwards to get creative. Sweeney on the other hand, still likes and believes in Julien’s defensive style. But at the end of that day, its Don Sweeney’s call. He is the General Manager of the Boston Bruins.