Bruins general manager Don Sweeney confirmed Thursday, in the midst of his season-wrapup news conference at TD Garden, that his assistant GM, John Ferguson Jr., has been approached by other NHL clubs about taking over their front office.
The Minnesota Wild, who recently dismissed Cliff Fletcher, are still looking for a new boss.
The Carolina Hurricanes were conducting a search to replace Ron Francis as GM, but earlier this week they promoted from within and named Don Waddell, the former Thrashers GM, as their new boss.
Ferguson, who is also GM of the Bruins’ AHL affiliate in Providence, once was the Toronto Maple Leafs GM.
According to Sweeney, he has not been approached by another club for permission to speak to anyone on his coaching staff. The New York Rangers dismissed veteran bench boss Alain Vigneault hours after their season ended and have yet to name a new coach. The Dallas Stars last week chose University of Denver coach Jim Montgomery to replace Ken Hitchcock.
Sweeney and Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy spoke for approximately a half-hour on the Garden’s third floor and Sweeney, concluding his third year as GM, was typically tight-lipped about his roster plans over the summer.
He said he has not told any of his free agents, including Rick Nash, whether they will be extended contracts for the 2018-19 season. His predecessor, Peter Chiarelli, typically was quick to make public the names of free agents he did not intend to re-sign.
Nash, Sweeney’s prized pickup at the February trade deadline, sustained a concussion soon after pulling on his No. 61 Black-and-Gold sweater. Nash, who will turn 34 next month, submitted an underwhelming 3-2—5 line in 12 postseason games, unable to provide the boost of second-line scoring that the Bruins desperately needed.