Yesterday, Bruins GM Don Sweeney addressed the media regarding the status of some players within the organization this season, this season which is still totally happening despite the Bruins being knocked out of the Stanley Cup Playoffs by those rats the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Bruins GM Don Sweeney spoke to media in Buffalo where the NHL Combine is underway… stay tuned for updates. pic.twitter.com/habeYT2i3D
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Anyway, there are some players who will not be returning. Former Olympian Brian Gionta will not be among those returning next season along with defenseman Paul Postma and forward Kenny Agostino.
Sweeney expressed that he hopes that new UFA Austin Czarnik will consider returning even as he considers some other choices. While Czarnik hasn’t quite made it from the prospect pool into the lineup with the big club, Sweeney maintains that it isn’t a given that young players will automatically be given spots on the Boston roster, that competition from within and without is key to developing this team.
There was no word on whether or not the team is trying to re-sign RW Rick Nash, who has expressed interest in remaining with the club. With the salary cap being raised to $80 million for the 2018-19 season (thank you Vegas Golden Knights!), the team may have enough cap space to keep the aging forward. However, Sweeney wouldn’t commit to saying exactly which UFAs would remain with the club.
Other news that came from his press availability today involved a couple of surgeries, one that was known, one that wasn’t. Noel Acciari has had a successful hernia surgery. What we didn’t know was that Tim Schaller required a hand surgery and that it will take three months for him to recover. All other players that were considering procedures are not having them at this point.
Believe it or not, we’re just under a month away from the draft and about 30 days away from the start of the new NHL year and the frenzy of free agency.