Don Sweeney has practically remade the “Big, Bad Bruins.”
The deepest, most complete team in the National Hockey League was already residing in Boston, but now the Bruins GM has added yet another couple of weapons to the arsenal, and these weapons go hard. Of course, I’m talking about defenseman Dmitry Orlov and winger Garnet Hathaway, who on Thursday night instantly went from Bruins villains to hometown heroes after coming over in a trade with the Capitals.
Memories may not need refreshing for Bruins fans, who tend to remember the worst offenders when it comes to on-ice villainy. Hathaway became something of an infamous figure in Boston during the Capitals’ 2021 playoff series against the Bruins. He was active, scoring two goals and three points, dishing out 18 hits, and serving four penalty minutes in a series that the Caps ultimately lost to the B’s in five games.
Hathaway most notably was something of a nemesis for Charlie McAvoy during the series. He leveled the Bruins defenseman with multiple big hits, and even hit him with the ol’ reverse-check on a hit attempt. It happens.