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How Don Sweeney built the Bruins into a Stanley Cup finalist

Don Sweeney didn’t inherit an ideal scenario from his predecessor, Peter Chiarelli.

The fourth-year Boston general manager knew success wouldn’t come overnight. And he hit plenty of speed bumps along the way.

“We tried to do some things, call it on the fly, deepen the prospect pool, integrate younger players, all the things we talk about and plan out and implement. We had some bumps, made some mistakes and learned from them, tried to correct them, tried to move forward, tried to continue to make the promise to our leadership group that we believe we could get there again,” the GM of the Year finalist said.