Amid a quiet time hockey-wise around here, there is some excellent hockey being played in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Just watching the Blackhawks and Ducks shows how good top level hockey can be, and also, sadly, how far away the Bruins are as presently constituted from being that kind of team.
And as the Bruins continue their GM search, some interesting news popped up yesterday, in that former GM Harry Sinden’s role has recently expanded to advise on the search. The reason seems to be the relative lack of experience for new CEO Charlie Jacobs and President Cam Neely. Fine. But why?
If Jeff Gorton and and Don Sweeney are the two main candidates, is there a need for Sinden? Is it a sign of respect, as CSNNE’s Joe Haggerty opines:
“It’s necessary given the relative inexperience of CEO Jacobs and Club President Cam Neely, but it’s also a natural development given the respect factor with Sinden. The 82-year-old Sinden had been nearly nonexistent from the Bruins scene in recent years despite his role as “senior advisor”, but obviously has the ear of both Jacobs and Neely like he never quite did during the Peter Chiarelli regime.”
And it also remains to be seen what Sinden’s role will be once a new GM is hired. Will he advise new GM Sweeney or Gorton? And is that what is best for the franchise?
I suppose there is nothing inherently wrong with expanding Sinden’s role in the search for a new GM, but there might be questions if his role expands beyond that.
UPDATE: News broke Wednesday morning that the Bruins have officially named Don Sweeney General Manager.