Boston Bruins: Grading the 2019 and 2020 trade deadline deals

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Grading the last two trade deadline deals by Don Sweeney.

As a general manager in all sports, when you have a team that is a serious threat to win a championship, you upgrade the roster the best you can give them the best opportunity to win.

Over the past two years, the Boston Bruins have been a Stanley Cup contender and Don Sweeney has been active in making moves to make the team better than what it was at the trade deadline.

At the 2019 trade deadline, Sweeney swung a pair of deals that ended up helping the Bruins make a deep run all the way to Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final at home against the St. Louis Blues. They ended losing the final game on home ice, but those trades made it possible for the Bruins to play into late June.

At the trade deadline back in February, Sweeney and the Bruins were not so lucky with their two deadline moves. Two separate trades with the Anaheim Ducks failed to get the results they were hoping for.

In fairness, things got crazy in the sports just a couple of weeks following those trades. The NHL was forced to pause the season on March 12 because of the coronavirus pandemic. In May, the league announced their Return to Play plan in which the Bruins struggled in the Toronto playoff bubble.

As is the case in any sport, GM’s win some trades and lose some trades. At the time of the deals, they are hoping the players coming over can make an impact in what they hope is a long postseason run. With that said, let’s look back and grade the past two trade deadline deals by Sweeney and the Bruins.

 

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