The Boston Bruins are preparing to enter training camp without their top two right-side defenseman. If this doesn’t worry you in some way, you must be a fan of the Toronto Maple Leafs. I hear they have their problems as well (cough cough, Mitch Marner, cough cough).
Anyway, The Athletic reported that Charlie McAvoy’s agent is in talks with the Bruins and Sweeney says that things are not progressing as quickly as anyone would like.
“But that’s just the nature of the business, and every negotiation has its own timeline,” Sweeney told the Bruins website Thursday. “We’ll find a finish line at some point in time, Brandon and Charlie will be part of our organization for a long time. We think really highly of them as players on and off the ice, we just have to find a common ground and we’re working to get there.”
McAvoy’s agent, Michael Curran, insists that Chuckie wants to be a Bruin.
“The conversations have been going fine and they’re still continuing. Time will come where we find a meeting place. I just don’t know when it’s going to be. Charlie wants to be a Bruin.”
Still, Bruins president Cam Neely knows that they have to be prepared if the two young defensemen haven’t signed by the start of training camp next month.
“We do have to plan and prepare for these players to not be at camp opening day,” Neely said. “But we have five, six weeks hopefully to get something done. We feel like we should be able to get something done with both of those guys at numbers that make sense for us, and hopefully makes sense for them. I think we’ve done a really good job of kind of managing the [NHL salary cap] and making sure that we’re OK to get these guys done.”
Seriously, I feel like I’ve written this a million times. This offseason is sooooooo boring. Please sign them now, guys!