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Don Sweeney Explains Why The Bruins Wanted Joonas Korpisalo

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Bruins GM Don Sweeney explained why the Bruins wanted Joonas Korpisalo as a piece of the Linus Ullmark trade. (Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports)

Don Sweeney Explains Why The Bruins Wanted Joonas Korpisalo

The Bruins totally botched the Linus Ullmark trade. It will never make sense unless you’re Don Sweeney who has done nothing but prove he’s a total dope. The Senators were ready to buyout Joonas Korpisalo… until Sweeney and the rest of the front office in Boston threw them a life raft where they somehow got Ullmark in one fell swoop.

Sweeney did his best to try to explain why the Bruins wanted Korpisalo.

“Joonas has been a high-level goaltender,” Sweeney told reporters, per team-provided video. “(Goaltending coach) Bob (Essensa) did a lot of work with Joonas when he played his best hockey in LA and being able to translate that into our hockey club.”

Korpisalo, 30, posted a .921 save percentage and 2.13 goals-against average. That was by far the best numbers of his career. It’s also an incredibly small sample size of 11 games.

His player card showing all the underlying metrics is gross.

I understand Sweeney’s point. The team defense is so indicative of goalie performance. Life is a lot easier playing in Boston compared to the mess Ottawa has going on. Sweeney keeps pointing back to that as the reason for the trade.

“(Korpisalo) is going to go into situations in our system; it’s a systematic adjustment that he’s going to come in, and hopefully, we adhere to our core principles of defending where we’re supposed to, and he does his job,” Sweeney said. “It will be an acclimation process, but we feel very comfortable that his body of work suggests that he can get back to the level I referenced earlier.”

“Joonas has obviously played at a high level and been a starter,” Sweeney said. “The ability to complement Jeremy, to be able to push Jeremy and want the net himself, I think is generally a good competitive atmosphere. It’s what Jeremy has been used to since he’s been in the National Hockey League, and he’s earned everything that’s come his way.

Here is what Sweeney didn’t mention. Jeremy Swayman’s price tag just went up. You have given him all the leverage by declaring him THE guy. Good luck getting him signed to a reasonable number.

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