Contract extension for Sweeney with the Bruins

Don Sweeney agreed to a new multi-year contract to remain general manager of the Boston Bruins on Monday.

In seven seasons as GM, the 55-year-old hockey man has posted a 313-162-61 record, the third-best points percentage in the NHL (.641), since replacing Peter Chiarelli in May 2015 .

« I’ve had the pleasure of working closely with Don for over a decade, and have seen first hand his impeccable work ethic in all facets of team management, » said the Bruins President Cam Neely. He remains dedicated to doing whatever it takes to give the Boston Bruins the best possible chance of winning it all every year. I look forward to continuing to work with Don as we seek to provide this city and our fans with another championship. »

The Bruins have made the playoffs the past six seasons and reached the Stanley Cup Finals in 2019, losing to the St. Louis Blues in seven games. Sweeney won the Jim Gregory General Manager of the Year award that season.

Boston lost to the Carolina Hurricanes in seven games in the first round of the playoffs this year. It was the first time since 2017 that the Bruins failed to win a series. They finished the season with a 51-26-5 record, good for the No. 4 spot in the East.

Sweeney and the Bruins are looking for a new head coach to replace Bruce Cassidy, who was fired June 6. Captain’s Future Patrice Bergeron is also uncertain, he who can become an unrestricted free agent on July 13 and who has mentioned the possibility of retiring.

Several key players are expected to miss the start of next season due to injuries that required surgery. This is the case for the defender Charlie McAvoy (left shoulder) and attacker Brad Merchant (both hips), who are not expected to play until December. The defender Matt Grzelcyk (right shoulder) should be out until November.

« We are a competitive group and we will remain a competitive group, » general manager Don Sweeney said Tuesday. We may need an infusion of [jeunes joueurs] possibly, because if you are affected by injuries and you can’t get relief to get out of it, it will be a problem.

“And Bergeron’s decision could influence the direction we take. »

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