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Talking With Don Sweeney And Bruce Cassidy Today

via the NHL PR department,

May 26, 2019 - Stanley Cup Final Media Day

An Interview With:
Don Sweeney
Bruce Cassidy

Q. Coach, first can you just give us a quick update of Brad Marchand and his absence from practice?

BRUCE CASSIDY: He had a maintenance day today, so that's all, he'll be ready to go tomorrow.

Q. And your team obviously in this winning streak, everything has gone well for you. You had the goaltending, the power play, different guys from different lines who stepped up. Is there one thing in particular that, I don't know, you're most proud of or impressed with that maybe has improved from the regular season to now to get where you are today?

BRUCE CASSIDY: Certainly, I won't say impressed, but our secondary scoring's been a big part of our success. And then kind of the next man up, throwing different guys in the lineups, Charlie missed game one. So guys like Clifton coming in, Kampfer coming in, hadn't played in a long time, Johnny Moore. So, but that's been a kind of a hallmark for our team all year. So it doesn't surprise me, but to be able to do it this time of the year to get to this stage says a lot about the guys and how they prepared to play when it's their turn.

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Don Sweeney Knows Hockey

from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,

Sharp and unassuming, virtually a media recluse at times, the former Bruins defenseman has helped reinvigorate a franchise that Thursday night will face the Maple Leafs — that team that once captivated so many St. Stephen souls — in Round 1 of the NHL’s Stanley Cup playoffs.

“I can’t honestly say I was ever a Leafs fan,” said Sweeney, thinking back to his days at the edge of the St. Croix.

Sweeney’s subtle yet progressive overhaul of the franchise the last three years has centered mainly on two things: 1. his decision to replace coach Claude Julien with Bruce Cassidy in February 2017; and 2. a commitment this season to surround a highly talented core group (most of them sporting Cup rings from 2011) with a large, enthusiastic group of kids who have thrived in the Sweeney-Cassidy model of on-the-job training.

Amid the headlines and huzzahs of the Celtics’ high-profile trades and acquisitions last summer, the low-key Sweeney went a different way, resisting big free-agent spending and instead going with his kiddie cadre.

The 2018 Bruins, with their impressive 50-20-12 regular-season mark...

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Bruins to ‘offer sheet’ Trouba?

Take this for what you will, from CSNNE's Joe Haggerty:

According to a hockey source, Don Sweeney and the Boston Bruins “are preparing an offer sheet” this week for Winnipeg Jets defenseman Jacob Trouba as an aggressive option to land a No. 1 defenseman after trades didn’t pan out at last weekend’s NHL Draft.

The Bruins have watched Trouba closely for some time, and clearly have an interest in the 22-year-old D-man with size, offensive abilities and a workhorse nature that’s seen him average more than 22 minutes of ice time per game since entering the league as a 19-year-old.

Trouba is coming off a six-goal, 21-point season while playing in 81 games for the Jets, and was a career-best plus-10 for Winnipeg. With Trouba, a restricted free agent, and the Jets locked into big money deals to fellow right shot D-men in Dustin Byfuglien and Tyler Myers, the writing has been on the wall for some time that the Jets would need to give one of them up.

Now it appears the Bruins may be willing to put their money, and their assets, where their interest is, and come up with an offer sheet that totals a minimum of $47 million for Trouba’s services.

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Was the Boston Bruins’ rout at the hands of Los Angeles a ‘time for a trade’ indication for Boston?

From ESPN's "Morning 3 on 3":

Scott Burnside: Well, that was quite a homecoming for Milan Lucic, no? The former Boston Bruins power forward and key member of the Bruins' 2011 Stanley Cup-winning team returned with his new team the Los Angeles Kings, and they put a big-time hurt on the Bruins in a 9-2 trouncing. Ouch. Nine different Kings scored, including Lucic (who also added an assist). We have often suggested these teams are mirror images of each other in terms of style and identity, but maybe Boston's reflection has more than a few cracks these days. While Lucic has fit seamlessly with the Kings, purveyors of heavy hockey who have rediscovered their mojo, the Bruins continue to meander through the Eastern Conference. Yes, Boston owns a wild card spot as of Wednesday morning, but is anyone confident this is a team that can stay there, or make a dent if they get in? More to the point, how does rookie Bruins GM Don Sweeney approach his first trade deadline? Add or subtract? Both? Neither?

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Bruins represent a major question mark in the Atlantic Division

Pro Hockey Talk is focusing on the Boston Bruins today, and James O'Brien superbly summarized the "State of the Bruins":

If nothing else, you shouldn’t confuse next season’s Boston Bruins with the group who failed to make the playoffs in 2014-15.

After a pretty impressive run of seven postseason berths, the Bruins fell two points short of the postseason, but apparently the bitter flavor of that campaign was too much for management.

Granted, as much as new GM Don Sweeney wants to modernize the team’s transition game, there are still some core tenants remaining.

The defense will depend upon aging star defenseman Zdeno Chara, perhaps more than ever. Tuukka Rask may be expected to earn every cent of his $7.5 million salary in 2015-16. It looked dicey for some time, but Claude Julien remains behind the bench.

It’s tough to gauge what, exactly, we should expect from a very different Bruins team. People probably won’t be any happier if they miss the playoffs again, though.

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Video- Don Sweeney On Claude Julien And The Boston Bruins

Don Sweeney said the decision to retain Claude Julien was made some time ago.

Watch Sweeney from the NHL Combine talk about the coaching staff and more on the Bruins.

 

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Report: Claude Julien to return as Bruins coach

From the Boston Globe's Kevin Paul Dupont:

Bruins coach Claude Julien, his job in limbo for nearly two months following the abrupt season-end dismissal of general manager Peter Chiarelli, will be back behind the bench for the start of the 2015-16 season, according to two NHL sources.

It is also believed that Julien, 55, will be joined by his full cadre of assistant coaches, including Doug Jarvis, Doug Houda, Joe Sacco, and Bob Essensa.

Julien is beginning a new three-year contract he signed in November 2014 while Chiarelli was still in charge.

Rumors in recent weeks have pointed to a change at least among the assistant coaches. However, all are on target to return, though the length of their contract terms is unclear. It’s possible, according to one of the sources, that all four will have deals that expire at the end of the season.

Don Sweeney, named the club’s new GM on May 20, would neither confirm nor deny Julien’s return when contacted by the Globe. The club announced earlier this week that Sweeney will meet with the media Friday in Buffalo, where the NHL is conducting its combine, the annual testing regimen for players who will be eligible in the draft (June 26-27 in Sunrise, Fla).

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Saturday Headlines discuss coaches’ moves and Dubnyk

On Hockey Night in Canada, Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman discussed the post-Babcock coaching dominoes (Todd Nelson of Edmonton "free to look around," Don Sweeney meeting with Claude Julien to discuss "personnel and style of play," Dan Bylsma's status, Ken Hitchcock's future) and Devan Dubnyk's desire to re-sign with the Wild:

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Don Sweeney The New GM For The Boston Bruins

Boston, MA - Boston Bruins President Cam Neely announced today, May 20, that the Boston Bruins have named Don Sweeney the General Manager of the Boston Bruins.

Chief Executive Officer of Delaware North's Boston Holdings Charlie Jacobs, Neely and Sweeney will hold a press conference at TD Garden on Wednesday, May 20 at 1:30 p.m.

"Don Sweeney stood out amongst an incredibly talented group of candidates that we considered for this hire," said Jacobs. "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."

”Don has excelled in every role he has been in with the Bruins organization and has a comprehensive understanding of every aspect of our hockey operations department," said Neely. "His commitment and drive to bring a championship caliber team to the Boston fans was evident every step of the way through this search process, and I am confident that his leadership of our hockey operations department will lead to success."

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