The Bruins have just annouced that Don Sweeney, a Boston stalwart on the blue line in the '80s and '90s, has been promoted to assistant general manager, sharing the duties wth Jim Benning.
Sweeney is about to enter his fourth season in the Boston front office, where he has held the roles of Director of Player Development and Director of Hockey Operations.
''Don deserves the promotion,'' said GM Peter Chiarelli in a statement just released by the club. ''He is a very diligent person who truly cares about the welfare and development of the player, both from a personal and professional perspective.''
Sweeney, 43, is part of a three-man unit, including Benning and Scott Bradley, the club's director of player personnel, relied upon heavily by Chiarelli.
The move could be critical, too, if Benning is recruited away by another NHL club to be its GM. His name has popped up for open GM positions that last couple of summers.