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Sweeney: "Nothing Imminent" Ahead of Trade Deadline

Bruins general manager not anxious to jump into the fray

by Eric Russo @NHLBruins /

BOSTON - Don Sweeney is well aware of the trade movement around the NHL in recent days. But the Bruins general manager is not anxious to jump into the fray.

With the NHL Trade Deadline set for 3 p.m. EST on Wednesday, Sweeney said that no deals were imminent from his standpoint.

"There have certainly been a lot of talks, exploring some situations that could possibly help our team, but not really that anxious to complete something just for the sake of it," Sweeney said Tuesday night, prior to Boston's game with Arizona at TD Garden.

"It's always been about what can help us now with an eye to the future. That might not represent the now, the timing might just not be there."

Sweeney said the asking prices - as they are every year - remain high ahead of the deadline, while acknowledging that the organization remains committed to its bevy of prospects.

"That hasn't changed. We went through this last year, it was very, very similar," said Sweeney. "You don't blame teams, there's a deadline for a reason and the supply of players certainly falls off at that point. Teams are going to get what they can.

"Most of the conversations revolve around some particular prospects who we feel are going to be a big part of our organization and we're not going to deviate."

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The Bruins have won six of the seven games since Bruce Cassidy was named interim head coach and nine of their last 12 overall. Despite the recent run of success, Sweeney has not altered his approach.

"Obviously we feel good about recent play, hopefully we can continue it," said Sweeney. "It's a reflection on the players and the response to Bruce and the staff. We feel good about that. The challenge is for the next 20 games to maintain that.

"We'd just like to take care of the next 20 games and go from there. If I can add and help our club, I've always been committed to that, the organization is committed to that, with an eye toward what we've put in place moving forward."

One area Sweeney has explored is backup goaltending.

"Anton [Khudobin's] played well the last couple starts," Sweeney said of Boston's current backup, who has won each of his last two starts, while allowing four goals.

"I think it was certainly an area of concern for us that I've had some discussions, yes."

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