It’s official: Don Sweeney named new Bruins General Manager
On Tuesday, the Boston Herald reported that Harry Sinden was asked to expand his role with the Bruins in an attempt to possibly help the club with their decision on a new General Manger. If that report was indeed true, then Sinden got the job done.
Wednesday morning, the Bruins announced that they have hired Don Sweeney as General Manager. Sweeney becomes the eighth GM in team history.
The 2015-16 season will mark Sweeney’s 10th in the Bruins front office. During the last six seasons, the former B’s defenseman has served as the team’s Assistant General Manager. In that role, he oversaw the development of the team’s drafted prospects at the AHL, junior hockey, college and European levels in addition to having a supervisory role in the day-to-day operations of the hockey department.
In September of 2014, Sweeney was named General Manager of the Providence Bruins.
“Don Sweeney stood out amongst an incredibly talented group of candidates that we considered for this hire,” said CEO Charlie Jacobs in a press release this morning. “He carries a unique and impressive mix of playing experience, front office experience and business acumen. Don has complete understanding of what it means to be a Bruin and we have full confidence in him to steward the organization back to being Stanley Cup contenders year in and year out.”
Jacobs, President Cam Neely and Sweeney will meet with the media today at TD Garden at 1:30. Follow us on Twitter for live updates from the press conference and be sure to check back later with Bruins Daily for complete coverage!
This was the logical decision. The key will be to right the Cap Strickened Club while being able to unload older players like Superstud D-man Zedano Chara to make room for younger blood. Maybe he can pull off the trade that P.C. couldn’t at the Trade deadline when Chara’s value was at its highest. I would like him to come back for a dayto retire a Bruin, but for now… it’s time to get something for the man before that ship has sailed.