The GM worked this 12 months on an expiring contract, which would have made him an unrestricted cost-free agent on July 13. Group president Cam Neely reported Might 19 he required to “sit down with Don in the subsequent working day or two and ideally hammer one thing out,” but it evidently has taken until now to do so.
At the time, Neely claimed he preferred to evaluate the 2021-22 season right before committing to his lame-duck GM. The two experienced an knowledge that he would carry on to check out to increase the club.
“We experienced a great deal of improvements past offseason,” Neely claimed. “I required to see how that played out. January, February, March were being definitely very good months for us. The team definitely arrived alongside one another. We had a great deal of depth. And I was joyful with what he did at the deadline.”
Customers of Bruins management have been not obtainable for remark just after the deal was announced. Sweeney and Neely are scheduled to converse to reporters July 6 at the NHL draft in Montreal.
In a statement Monday, Bruins CEO Charlie Jacobs pointed out that the team has been a single of the “winningest franchises in the league and a perennial playoff contender” under Sweeney’s leadership.
“While we realize there is work to be performed to achieve the top target of bringing the Stanley Cup again to Boston,” Jacobs stated, “I’m confident that Don’s dedication to becoming greatest-in-course on and off the ice will enable us climb that mountain once yet again.”
Sweeney, the eighth GM in franchise heritage, replaced the fired Peter Chiarelli in May possibly 2015. In his seven seasons in the corner workplace, the Bruins are 313-162-61 (.584), and have averaged 105 points per 82 game titles. They manufactured the Stanley Cup Remaining in 2019 — when Sweeney was named NHL GM of the Calendar year — and reached the playoffs in just about every of the very last six seasons. In the Japanese Meeting, only Pittsburgh, Toronto, and Washington have a playoff streak of 6 seasons or extended.
The Bruins, nevertheless, are coming off a to start with-round exit at the fingers of the Hurricanes, and two 2nd-round exits in advance of that.
Sweeney’s trades have mostly worked out — most lately Hampus Lindholm and Taylor Corridor, acquired at the trade deadlines of 2022 and 2021 — but his absolutely free agent signings and drafting, specifically early in his GM career, have been considerably less than sturdy.
He opened his tenure with the 2015 draft, in which he selected Jakub Zboril (13th all round), Jake DeBrusk (14th), and Zach Senyshyn (15th) forward of long term All-Stars Mathew Barzal (16th), Kyle Connor (17th), and Thomas Chabot (18th). His greatest UFA additions in his first two several years ended up Matt Beleskey (five a long time, $19 million in 2015) and David Backes (six a long time, $30 million in 2016).
His most modern free of charge agent class included the declining Nick Foligno (two several years, $7.6 million), even though goalie Linus Ullmark (four yrs, $20 million), Erik Haula (two decades, $4.75 million), Derek Forbort (3 years, $9 million), and Tomas Nosek (two several years, $3.5 million) supplied truthful benefit.
Sweeney, 55, was an eighth-round draft select (166th all round) of the Bruins in 1984. The Harvard alum performed 15 of his 16 NHL seasons in Boston, logging 1,052 games in this article. He joined the club’s hockey operations staff in 2006, became assistant GM in 2009, and invested 2014-15 as GM of AHL Providence.