Bruins GM Don Sweeney echoed Torey Krug's sentiments that he hoped the defenseman has not played his last game as a Boston Bruin.
That seemed like a difficult promise to make back when it was business as usual in the NHL a month ago. Making any kind of promise in today's coronavirus-shutdown environment is damn near impossible.
On a video conference Friday, Sweeney said that he and his staff have been holding internal discussions and running scenarios for different salary cap situations. While he's been able to sign some relatively minor deals for undrafted college free agents — and added that the club could be offering some AHL contracts in the near future — Sweeney said he's been in contact with the agents of his pending unrestricted free agents and RFAs and has come to mutual decision that it's best to wait until the financial landscape is clearer.
* I dearly hope Torey hasn't played his last game (with the Bruins), this year or going forward. He's been a big part of any success we've had as an organization. He's a special player, both on and off the ice. He means a lot in the locker room and I think everybody could acknowledge his attributes on the ice and his importance to our team,” said Sweeney.
* In a cap world, we try to fit the pieces together. We have had very, very good discussions with Torey's group, but we just haven't found a landing spot and that's understandable given the circumstances of where the cap is… As I've said, every discussion and every contract has its own timeline and we're hopeful we'll find a resolution with Torey and (agent) Lewis (Gross) but at this point in time we haven't been able to do so. But it's been very amicable. We've made our feelings perfectly clear that we respect what Torey has done and what he's capable of doing for us as a member of the Boston Bruins and we hope that continues.”
Sweeney touched on a number of subjects:
* I think logistically, the NHL and the players are going to work together here in being able to resume in some fashion,” said Sweeney. * I think everybody knows it's going to take an extended training camp period of time to get back up to full speed. First and foremost, we have to be healthy. We have to have standards in place to uphold and ensure the well-being of the players and the people, if they are allowed to attend games, and that they remain healthy. That has to be in the forefront of any decision-making and it will be. The Commissioner (Gary Bettman) has made that pretty clear. But I do believe it's going to take a partnership of the players and teams to be on the same page to find an equitable solution to resume… You just can't jump into games.”
* We've had a lot of video work to do, there have been conference calls, our amateur group is meeting regularly, going over lists and names and going over character checks,” said Sweeney. * Obviously, the combine won't be taking place, so you have to do a lot of things through FaceTime and Zoom… It's not business as usual. We all know that. Life is not normal for any of us. But we're trying to maintain some semblance of normalcy as we go about our job.”
* Kevan's just had some setbacks to where I don't believe at this time it would be in his best interest to try and ramp up in a short span with the hopes of playing this year,” said Sweeney. * Our intentions for Kevan are that he's 100 percent healthy so that he can resume when we start the next season. I know Kevan's a UFA, so we'll entertain the opportunity to bring Kevan back and he'll also entertain whether he wants to come back.”
* Colby is a special young man and he needs our love and support right now,” said Sweeney.
The GM also added that no players have tested positive for COVID-19.