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Don Sweeney wins NHL GM of the Year Award

Scott McLaughlin
June 19, 2019 - 8:58 pm

Don Sweeney has built a team that has topped 100 points in back-to-back seasons and came within one win of a Stanley Cup this season, and for his work he won the NHL General Manager of the Year Award Wednesday night.

The Bruins GM added important depth last summer, signing Joakim Nordstrom, Chris Wagner, John Moore and Jaroslav Halak in free agency. During the season, he addressed the team's most glaring weakness, revamping the third line by trading for Charlie Coyle and Marcus Johansson before the trade deadline.

Sweeney's unsexy moves proved to be crucial to the Bruins' postseason success, as the third and fourth lines frequently picked up a top six that struggled at times, including in the Stanley Cup Final.

Looking ahead, Sweeney's priorities this offseason will be locking up young defensemen Charlie McAvoy and Brandon Carlo. There will also once again be plenty of attention on whether Sweeney can find a top-six right wing to complete the Bruins' second line, something he's been trying to find for a couple years now.

Sweeney is the first Bruins GM to win the award, which was first awarded in 2010.

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