After helping to construct the roster that came one game short of a Stanley Cup title, Don Sweeney took home some major hardware on Wednesday night, as he was named 2018-19 General Manager of the Year at the NHL Awards in Las Vegas.
Sweeney, closing out his fourth straight season as GM of the Bruins, beat out both St. Louis’ Doug Armstrong and Carolina’s Don Waddell for the accolade.
When it comes to charting the 2018-19 Bruins’ road to success, credit has to be given to Sweeney for locking up key cogs of Boston’s roster to affordable deals. Under Sweeney’s tenure as GM, Boston has inked players like Brad Marchand ($6.125 million), David Pastrnak ($6.66 million), Torey Krug ($5.250 million), Sean Kuraly ($1.275 million) and Matt Grzelcyk ($1.4 million) to contracts that haven't hampered the club when it comes to the cap.
With the foundation of the club already set, Sweeney bolstered Boston’s depth on July 1, 2018, adding a pair of fourth-line mainstays in Chris Wagner and Joakim Nordstrom and an extra body on the blue line in John Moore.
After tallying two goals and seven total points with the Hurricanes in 2017, Nordstrom scored seven goals and chipped in with 12 points over 70 games in Boston this year — adding another three goals and eight points over 23 games during the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
Wagner earned the NESN’s 7th Player Award, given annually to the Bruin who exceeded fan expectations, after tallying a career-high 12 goals and six assists with a team-high 247 hits over 74 games. With Boston’s blue line losing 121 total man-games due to injury, Moore was a key addition, skating in 61 games while scoring four goals and 13 points.
Sweeney put forward arguably his top move on the season