When the Washington Capitals were searching for a new GM following the dismissal of George McPhee, one name that came up was Bruins’ assistant GM Don Sweeney, floating the possibility that he could be the second Bruins’ front office member to leave in a week after Jim Benning accepted the GM job in Vancouver.
But when Washington announced their hirings on Monday, Sweeney’s name was not on the list, as the Capitals named their own assistant Brian MacLellan as new GM, while Barry Trotz was announced as the new head coach.
Sweeney has been on Peter Chiarelli's staff since 2006, when he was named Director of Player Development and also became Director of Hockey Operations in 2007 before being promoted to assistant GM.
Sweeney was drafted by the B’s in 1984 and played 15 of his 16 seasons as an NHL defenseman with the Bruins. He is one of just two defenseman and four total players to play over 1,000 games with the B’s.
It was reported by the Washington Post last week that Sweeney had interviewed for the Capitals’ GM job. Predators’ assistant GM Paul Fenton also interviewed with Washington, while it was also reported that the Caps had reached out to former Penguins GM Ray Shero as well.