In the past week, various writers at The Athletic have been taking different looks at NHL teams. One article looks at each team’s contract situations including looking at bargain deals for clubs. Another surveys agents on a variety of NHL items from standout players in the Bubble to overall team health. Still another compares how each team’s front office is judged from outside and within the fanbase. Surprise, surprise, the Bruins didn’t do so well with their own fanbase.
The Boston Bruins ranked 17th overall in the front office ranking with an average of the Public and Bruins fans being 3.0 out of 5 by these criteria:
- Roster Building
- Cap Management
- Draft and Development
- Free Agency
While the Bruins earned high marks from the public on several criteria (Roster Building (4.0), Cap Management (4.0), Vision (3.8)), the highest mark from the fan base was for cap management (3.9) with the lowest marks assessed for Draft and Development (2.2) and Free Agency (2.5). Coming on the heels of Torey Krug’s departure in free agency after Don Sweeney failed to negotiate beyond last fall and after the Bruins pulled the one and only offer off the table, it’s understandable that the fans would rate them so low for this year, even with the good deal they got for Craig Smith. As for D & D,
yeah, they haven’t hit the jackpot. Every one of this season’s draft picks were college-bound, which puts them down the pipeline for development. Recent picks like John Beecher are also developing through college play. Should Jack Studnicka make it on the big roster this season, that would be a step in the right direction and improvement.
While we’re still trying to figure out what we got from last year’s trade deadline acquisitions, one thing’s for sure: shedding most of David Backes’ remaining contract was the most important thing Sweeney could do to correct his mistakes.