Jeremy Swayman makes a questionable decision regarding his future with Boston

Tyler Ball
July 5, 2024  (7:15 PM)

Boston Bruins goaltender Jeremy Swayman
Photo credit: Portland press herald

The Boston Bruins and restricted free agent Jeremy Swayman are still working toward an extension and today Jeremy Swayman made a shocking decision in that process.

Don Sweeney and the Boston Bruins have completely overhauled their goaltending position during the 2024 NHL offseason. The changes began with a big trade sending former Vezina Trophy winner Linus Ullmark to the Ottawa Senators.
TRADE ALERT: The #Sens have acquired G Linus Ullmark from @NHLBruins
in exchange for (Boston's original) '24 first-round draft pick (no. 25 overall), C Mark Kastelic and G Joonas Korpisalo. As part of the transaction, the #Sens will retain 25% of Korpisalo's remaining salary.

Since then the plan has always been to sign Jeremy Swayman to a long-term deal. However, to this point a deal has not been struck between Don Sweeney and restricted free agent Jeremy Swayman.
Today was the deadline to negotiate before Jeremy Swayman had to decide if he wanted to go through the arbitration process.
5pm is the deadline for eligible RFA players to get a deal done before arbitration sets in

It's a great day to sign Jeremy Swayman

Go 8x$8M and get ‘er done

The deadline came at 5 pm and something unexpected was done by Jeremy Swayman and his agents.

Jeremy Swayman turns down his right to salary arbitration

With 5 pm come and gone now it has been reported that Jeremy Swayman elected not to go to salary arbitration. Several sources confirmed he will forgo the process entirely.
Jeremy Swayman (BOS) did not file for arbitration. #NHLBruins

This is puzzling on the surface as Jeremy Swayman would likely get a monster contract that would get him one year closer to unrestricted free agency. Turning down that kind of opportunity likely means a long-term extension is close between Don Sweeney and Jeremy Swayman.
The Boston Bruins clearly view Jeremy Swayman as the future of the organization. With arbitration out of the way, the two sides can work together to keep Jeremy Swayman as the cornerstone of the next era of Boston Bruins hockey.

NHL fans react as Jeremy Swayman chooses not to file for arbitration with Boston Bruins

Some fans were upset, others convinced Jeremy Swayman would join another club.
Source: Markerzone
Jeremy Swayman makes unexpected decision: future in Boston unknown
Jeremy Swayman makes a questionable decision regarding his future with Boston

Will Jeremy Swayman sign a long-term contract with the Boston Bruins before the beginning of NHL training camp?

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