Boston Bruins general manager Don Sweeney and head coach Bruce Cassidy wrapped up the 2018-19 season on Monday with one last press conference.
Among the notable things mentioned:
- Anders Bjork is expected to be 100% for training camp
- Zdeno Chara will have elbow surgery to “clean up loose fragments”
- Joakim Nordstrom had a break in his foot, but surgery won’t be needed
The duo addressed a couple of hot-button issues in BruinsLand as well.
Regarding Torey Krug, it sounded like the B’s GM wants him around for the long haul:
Sweeney: “It would take a pretty unique opportunity” for the Bruins to part ways with Torey Krug.— Conor Ryan (@ConorRyan_93) June 17, 2019
When it came to David Backes, Sweeney’s words weren’t exactly glowing:
Don Sweeney on David Backes: "I have discussions on different players. He may or may not be a part of that. But for the most part, he’s part of our hockey club." https://t.co/vmEUcuR1SM— Fluto Shinzawa (@FlutoShinzawa) June 17, 2019
Oh, and the “Mayor of Walpole,” Chris Wagner, gave an update on his arm injury.
Chris Wagner confirms he had surgery on his arm to fix a displaced ulna, was cleared for Game 7 of Cup Final: "Great job by the doctors to even get to that point. Initially I was done, but it was healing so well I wanted to be an option for Game 7." pic.twitter.com/gVD5TW3GZD— Boston Bruins (@NHLBruins) June 17, 2019
Sweeney sounded very proud of his team, too, and is already gearing up for the 2019-20 season.
#NHLBruins GM Don Sweeney looks back on the team's 2018-19 season and also looks ahead to the summer and free agency: "They put everything on the line to try to win and they should be proud of that." pic.twitter.com/EXZ039HEoM— Boston Bruins (@NHLBruins) June 17, 2019
And Cassidy is hoping that the B’s loss in the Stanley Cup Final will only give the team a strong hunger to get back to the Cup final next season.
#NHLBruins coach Bruce Cassidy on the 2018-19 season: "We were one win away...you hope they're better off for it...makes them better next year." pic.twitter.com/Z6qzOkfs3C— Boston Bruins (@NHLBruins) June 17, 2019
It’s a sad day knowing that this was the last press conference of the season, but both Sweeney and Cassidy sounded very confident in their club moving forward.