While preparing for the two day draft event, Don Sweeney took some time to speak with Boston Bruins media via Zoom. During tonight and tomorrow’s draft, the Bruins have picks in all but the first and fourth rounds; this year’s first was dealt to Anaheim to assist in unloading most of David Backes’ contract and to bring back winger Ondrej Kase. Anyway, Sweeney doesn’t anticipate making any moves into the first round since he described this action as being “expensive” this time of year.
After the draft, the buyout period officially ends on Thursday October 8th, a day before free agency begins at 12pm, October 9th. All of this makes it a busy time of year for GMs like Sweeney.
In his conversation with the media he touched upon many things regarding the team. I’ll try to give a brief summary.
- Sweeney stated that Tuukka is still an important part of this team going forward. He cited that Tuukka had finished second in Vezina voting, he has confidence in him, and is very “comfortable” with their goaltending situation.
- He’s had talks with Chara and his agent. The talks have been broad and he expects them to continue
- Basically, things are about the same as they have been. At this time, no team has traded for his rights and he expects that Torey will test free agency. Sweeney apparently mentioned that sometimes players see what’s offered and still return to the team and that maybe that could happen.
- Sweeney alluded to some players on the roster as being untouchable. He didn’t name anyone but one could imagine who he would be talking about: the entire top line, Charlie McAvoy, Charlie Coyle, and most likely (at this point) David Krejci.
- Joakim Nordstrom is not going to be offered a new contract. Sweeney said it would be a “challenge” to re-sign him at this point. While he was a handy fourth liner, he is taking up a spot that other younger players should make out of camp.
- Brett Ritchie, aka The First Ritchie, will not be qualified turning his status from RFA to UFA.
- Brendan Gaunce, who played one game for the Boston club, will also not be offered a qualifying offer.
Curiously enough, Sweeney didn’t speak about Kevan Miller and his status. Earlier in the year he had entertained offering him a contract. That was before Miller had another setback. I imagine that he will not be back with the team.