Benning Gone, Sweeney May Stay
The Vancouver Canucks hired Bruins assistant GM Jim Benning on May 23rd, while the other B’s assistant general manager, Don Sweeney, was supposedly in the running for the Washington Capitals‘ open GM position.
Per a Boston.com report, Sweeney has not been named the successor of George McPhee; in fact, he’s was recently eliminated from contention as the Caps assistant GM, Brian MacLellan, got the job following a team announcement.
Drafted in 1984 by Boston, Sweeney played the majority of his professional hockey with the Bruins (15 years to be exact), and is one of four players to make over 1,000 appearances for the Black and Gold.
The 47-year-old Bruins’ staff member has served next to Peter Chiarelli since 2006, and was elected his assistant in July 2010. Sweeney has a excellent background in scouting players.
He wasn’t the only man being consideration for the available post, with Nashville Predators assistant GM Paul Fenton and recently-canned Ray Shero from the Pittsburgh Penguins.
It took over four weeks for the Capitals to make their decision on MacLellan.