Boston Bruins general manager Don Sweeney did not shy away from the fact that he would like to make a move to get the Bruins back into the first round of the 2018 NHL Draft.
"Obviously, you’d like to have multiple picks," Sweeney said during his year-end media availability on Thursday. "When you’re left empty-handed on Friday night you wonder whether or not, okay, is there a move to be made that you can get back in there. I’ve had some discussions [with teams], so there could be. It’s just, at what cost?"
The Bruins moved their 2018 first-round pick in the Rick Nash deadline deal, and it's not believed that the Bruins are going to re-sign the 33-year-old Nash, who had just three goals and five points in 12 playoff contests, leaving Sweeney to try and recoup a lost asset.
"But, it hurts [not having a first-round pick]," Sweeney admitted. "It stings from a projection, from a planning standpoint, there’s no question it impacts your organization. So, I don’t think it’s in your best interest to do it repeatedly, and if there’s an opportunity, I’ll explore it.
"We’ll have some discussion about it. Certainly, we’re preparing like we would have a first-round pick and having the guys making sure we’re in tune. We’ve got interviewing the guys that we felt we’d be drafting if we were in those slots and prepare accordingly."
Given where the Bruins' strengths are, an attempted trade-up would likely have to involve a defenseman or one of the glut of young forwards the Bruins currently have on their roster.
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