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After early exit, owner says this year’s Bruins were “better than the team that won the Stanley Cup”

May 3, 2012, 5:39 PM EDT

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Boston Bruins owner Jeremy Jacobs met with the media today for his year-end presser and if you wanted to sum up his thoughts on the season in one word, you could.

Disappointing.

“We did expect to get out of that first round this year,” Jacobs said. “We were probably a little better than the team that won the Stanley Cup when you look at the skill level and the age of the players.

“We wanted to do better, we expected to do better and we have every reason to believe we’d do better.”

That sense of disappointment was shared by team president Cam Neely.

“It’s disappointing to lose out in the first round,” he said. “We didn’t have this at all last year. I don’t like this at all and I don’t think anybody in the organization likes it.”

As for some of the key notes from the presser:

– Neely said a “philosophical change” might be required for Boston’s ailing power play. In consecutive years, the PP has faltered in the playoffs (in the last two postseasons combined, the Bruins went 12-for-111.)

– Philosophical change is just fancy talk for “we’re firing our assistant coaches.” It’s not like they’re going to spend the summer reading Nietzsche.

– Overall, the management group sounded disappointed but hardly crestfallen. The younger Jacobs, Charlie, said he was proud of the team and Neely figured the loss would make the team hungrier heading into next year’s training camp.

  1. fruitsareedible - May 3, 2012 at 5:57 PM

    Maybe they spent too much time reading Nietzsche and/or Sartre during the season and just lost the will to fight on. Listening to some of their players after the opening round loss, some of them seemed kinda blase about playing hockey towards the end.

  2. nepo784 - May 3, 2012 at 6:00 PM

    Back to the losers mentality. Bottom-dwellers for 2012 and beyond

  3. habsman - May 3, 2012 at 6:09 PM

    So, they lost this year with a better team. Interesting. So how did they win it all last year?
    Maybe a little help? This just shows that Greg Campbell was the MVP of the league last year.

    It was an absolute disgrace that Colin Campbell was doling out discipline while his son was playing for one of the teams. Name another professional league that would turn a blind eye to that obvious conflict.

    But look at the bright side, an early playoff exit allows for more time to sew sheets together and construct crosses.

    • craig33 - May 3, 2012 at 6:46 PM

      Another ignorant comment from a fan of a team that just falls to the ice and cries when someone skate near them. The fans are just as bad. They try to steal calls by screaming whenever one of their players falls to the ice. Even they know their team isn’t good enough to win a fair game.

      • habsman - May 3, 2012 at 7:39 PM

        Change the subject much? Typical.

      • kitshky - May 3, 2012 at 8:37 PM

        Not that I agree with craig.. but in all fairness at some point you do have to change the subject.

        You’ve been saying the same thing for how many months now? We get it, you believe there was a conspiracy at Head Office with Campbell running the show … or at least a conflict of interest.

        Move. On.

    • habswoman - May 3, 2012 at 10:30 PM

      wwwaaaaahhhhhhhh mommy colin campbell stole my rocket richard bobble head whaaaahhhhhhh

  4. mclovinhockey - May 3, 2012 at 6:31 PM

    God I wish my team had Campbell and Crosby. We would win… Or ummm get the cup every year!!!

  5. odj810 - May 3, 2012 at 6:53 PM

    Savard for power play coach. He’d get some flow and movement out of the pp

  6. neelyisgod - May 3, 2012 at 7:50 PM

    Philosophical change ie. the President is lacing up the skates next year to show how the PP is supposed to be.
    Long live #8

  7. bozosforall - May 3, 2012 at 8:36 PM

    Even more evidence that the Bruins CHOKED this year. Just like the Pats did before and the Red Sox before them.

  8. bcisleman - May 3, 2012 at 8:56 PM

    Oh so Neely doesn’t read Nietsche because he’s a hockey guy? Hey we are talking about the man who created the immortal character of “Sea Bass” in “Dumb and Dumber”. Not Prouse maybe, but very deep all the same.

    • bcisleman - May 3, 2012 at 8:57 PM

      Should be Proust, not Prouse.

  9. nobandwagoners - May 3, 2012 at 11:10 PM

    I’ve followed Lucic ever since he played for the Vancouver Giants. Watching him in this series, he seemed slow and largely unmotivated, which was surprising. A lot of gliding around, not much hustle – at least not consistently – and only hit or punched someone when it was convenient and right in front of him. “Disappointing” applies to his performance.

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