On Monday, NHL GMS will have their last day of wheeling and dealing to find the perfect parts to complete their teams for Stanley Cup Playoff runs or to part with players to make room for rebuilding the future. There has been much speculation about what Don Sweeney will do to improve the Bruins.
As you may remember, Sweeney made a huge move to obtain Rick Nash from the New York Rangers, moving Ryan Spooner, the Matt Beleskey contract (with some salary retained), and defensive prospect Ryan Lindgren to make space to re-sign Rick Nash, which he felt the Bruins could have done.
This season, he’s decided he doesn’t want a rental, but rather someone he knows he can sign to a long term deal.
From Conor Ryan of the Boston Sports Journal:
“I’d like to invest in somebody that’s going to be with us,” Sweeney said. “But I’d like the best player to impact our lineup as well. That might sound like it’s a bit ambiguous, but I think, in all honesty, I thought we had a chance to re-sign Rick Nash. That was one of the caveats to that.
“We moved out people that were occupying financial space and we felt like we were in a position to do that. We could have re-signed Rick Nash and he was a really good fit for our hockey club. That went into part of the decision-making, in terms of what we’re giving up to acquire the player. We felt he was a good fit, and I still would have liked to add him. It’s unfortunate and obviously wish him well, but we could use him right now.”
He also thinks that the secondary scoring is still going to come from players currently on the roster like Danton Heinen, who has already improved when moved up to the top line alongside with Bergeron and Marchand, and Jake DeBrusk, who recently broke a long scoreless streak on a line with a recently added Peter Cehlarik.
Matt Kalman suggests that Don Sweeney target Mark Stone at all costs, which will involve a hefty salary next season around $9 million and a severe lack of Jake DeBrusk on the Bruins roster. I’m sure if the Sweenius feels he can pull it off, he will but hopefully with a less fun player.