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Sounds like Blue Jackets GM Jarmo Kekäläinen just got Sweeney’d.
Columbus is no stranger to big in-season trades, as evidenced by sending Pierre-Luc Dubois to Winnipeg for Patrik Laine and Jack Roslovic in January 2021. Kekäläinen (former Bruin, by the way) is in his 10th full season as GM of the Jackets. But the NHL is, above all else, a business, especially for GMs. And he was dealing with the Bruins’ Don Sweeney, who is among the most aggressive and savvy GMs in the league this time of year.
Sweeney owes it to the Bruins to get the best deal(s) possible ahead of the NHL trade deadline – and understands that trades aren’t final until they’re final. Kekäläinen apparently just learned that, the hard way.