Boston Bruins: Grading Don Sweeney’s Offseason

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With the Bruins beginning their season Thursday night, let’s take a look and see how Don Sweeney did in the offseason in assembling the roster.

It’s hard to believe, but the NHL offseason is over. Free agency happened in early October, with many players changing addresses for this season. The Boston Bruins lost some players in free agency, while general manager Don Sweeney made one move in free agency to look to add secondary scoring.

While there was movement in free agency, the trade front was quiet. The Bruins were linked to some players on the trade market, but either teams’ decided that they were not getting the right deal or the team looking to acquire a player pulled away if the asking price was too high.

With the Bruins beginning the season Thursday night at New Jersey against one of their new divisional opponents for this season, let’s take a look back at Sweeney’s offseason.

Who Left

You don’t need me to remind you who left town this offseason. Torey Krug joined the St. Louis Blues on a seven-year, $45.5 million contract. There have been different opinions as to whether Sweeney should have re-signed the 29-year-old blueliner, but it appeared the two sides were heading for a separation.

Two days before New Years Day, former captain Zdeno Chara agreed to a one-year deal with the Washington Capitals for $795,000. It ended a 14-year run in Boston for Big Z and created a bigger hole on the left side of the defense. Whether or not Chara still had anything left in the tank, it appeared that the Bruins are ready to move on and see what they have with their young defensemen this season.

Bottom-six forward Joakim Nordstrom left after two years with the Bruins and signed a one-year, $700,000 deal with the Calgary Flames.