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Columnist: Blame Jacobs for NHL lockout

Nov 28, 2012, 3:04 PM EDT

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For your afternoon reading pleasure,’s Joe Haggerty has a few thoughts on the man whose name has become synonymous with the description “hardline NHL owner.”

That man, of course, is Boston Bruins owner Jeremy Jacobs. And suffice to say, Haggerty isn’t a huge fan.

The biggest question of the lockout is, why would a frugal, shrewd businessman like Jacobs seemingly do his own team a disservice by prolonging the lockout? The Bruins have the most money committed in player salaries over the next two seasons, and would be severely affected by a sudden drop in the salary cap. Even if NHL teams are given a one-year transition period to adjust to a plummeting salary cap, the Bruins will be bumping the cap ceiling in 2013-14 without a single proven NHL goaltender signed on for duty.

That’s a horrendous position for Jacobs to leave his franchise when the Bruins have relied so prominently on defense and goaltending for success. But it doesn’t seem to matter a whit to the Bruins owner as he bangs the drum for a lowered salary cap, draconian contract restrictions, and a stodgy desire to turn the NHL clock back at least 30 years.

Because Jacobs is a multi-billionaire used to winning and hearing exactly what he wants to hear at all times.

We encourage you to read Haggerty’s entire piece. (Particularly the part about Jacobs telling an alternate governor from the Winnipeg Jets to speak only when spoken to.)

  1. homelanddefense - Nov 28, 2012 at 3:12 PM

    Jacobs is universally hated here in Boston. He earned his reputation as a cheap owner. He underpaid Bourque for his whole career. And wasted the careers of guys like Bourque, Neely, Oates, Sweeney, Juneau, Middleton, etc by NEVER making that late season addition to push them over the top.

    Even when they won the cup plenty of fans were booing him.

    • hockeyflow33 - Nov 28, 2012 at 5:50 PM

      I know I did at the parade and Banner night

  2. chiadam - Nov 28, 2012 at 3:14 PM

    Jacobs is rotten piece of garbage, but I’m also starting to hold the “doves” responsible. If you want to strike a deal, find your sack, grab it, and say so. There are 23 owners being hijacked by 7. Unless someone does something soon, the NHL as we know it will cease to exist. You can’t just kill two seasons in eight years, paint some empty fan apology on the ice, and roll the pucks out in 10 months.

    • jimw81 - Nov 28, 2012 at 3:39 PM

      how can you hold the “doves” responsible? bettman just needs 8 votes to keep the lockout going.

      • rpiotr01 - Nov 28, 2012 at 4:01 PM

        People like Jim Dolan need to speak up more and throw their weight around. Much as Ranger fans dislike him, he wants to play hockey. If 7 owners are vocally pro-lockout and the rest kind of twiddle their thumbs about it and leave it to the lawyers, then Bettman is going to respond to the will of that vocal minority. If other owners spoke up and were as noisy (privately, mind you) about getting back on the ice as some are about continuing the lock-out, Bettman would have to listen.

  3. pepper2011 - Nov 28, 2012 at 4:00 PM

    Jacobs is a fool. I don’t think he’d know the the players on his team if they were in front of him. It has nothing to do with the cap and everything to do with concessions. He doesn’t care about hockey at all he cares about deleware north. that is all. I hate that man. He got lucky by getting the cap and then following up with Neely, PC and Claude. The whole cap thing he is talking about is kind of stupid to be honest. There are about 20 other teams that would take Rask over their current goalie- regardless of his unproven past – his talent is pretty clear. they are actually in pretty good shape. nobody is really overpaid, and the guys that are questionable are moveable pieces with a good young farm to replace those players – Krejci is moveable at 5.25m replace with (spooner, knight, khokhlachev) Savard gets IR’d clearing 4m+, Lucic is moveable at 6m and thomas (this year) can be cleared against the cap. disappointed in haggs – he is usually good, but I haven’t read the whole thing yet. Krejci and Lucic could return something cheaper and NHL ready if needed and they would be more than ok with Bergeron, Seguin, Kelly, and campbell down the middle for the next 5 years; Peverley at first glance seems overpaid, but then you watch him play and look at his numbers 3.25m for a 50-60pt guy who is strong defensively isn’t too bad. again. this whole thing is not cap related it’s Delaware group, and revenue sharing – he doesn’t want any of his money to go to the Phoenix’s of the league. I wish Bob Kraft would buy the Bruins.

    • bear654 - Nov 28, 2012 at 5:53 PM

      Haggerty says that the B’s have no goalies signed for 12-13, which is true, Rask and Khudobin are only signed for this year

      • bear654 - Nov 28, 2012 at 5:57 PM

        sorry, meant no goalies signed for 13-14

  4. daburghdabest - Nov 28, 2012 at 4:48 PM


    I think Dolan would be a good guy to try to get things going, but unfortunately I don’t think he has the respect. I get the sense he’s viewed as sort of a Biff Loman. He’s powerful enough though that if he could get Snider & maybe Ilitch to side with him they could at least make a respectable case for why they need to be more reasonable & not squash the bee because they want more honey from it.

  5. id4joey - Nov 28, 2012 at 5:19 PM

    And I’m certain Leonis, Leopold, and the voice for Phoenix are on his side. How are the other 4 or 5? Calgary, Winnipeg, Dallas, Nashville, Columbus?

    • jimw81 - Nov 28, 2012 at 10:44 PM

      boston, Minnesota

  6. zetaone - Nov 28, 2012 at 6:18 PM

    As if people needed another reason to hate the Bruins.
    > The entire city of Vancouver lets out a sigh of relief.

  7. upyourstodd - Nov 28, 2012 at 6:42 PM

    The guy owns delaware north who in turn run the concessions at the Garden. He has a monopoly going and he still only cares about money. Fraud City Population Jeremy Jacobs.

  8. id4joey - Nov 28, 2012 at 6:52 PM

    Very very interesting article.


  9. mpops86 - Nov 28, 2012 at 6:57 PM

    Jacobs is indefensibly stingy, but Haggerty is a hack. The news in this piece was an exchange pointed at Winnipeg, but beyond that it’s baseless speculation from a self-aggrandizing outsider.

    • upyourstodd - Nov 28, 2012 at 11:36 PM

      for a guy that is around the team as much as he is I think he has a pretty good pulse on what is going on.

  10. pastabelly - Nov 28, 2012 at 7:02 PM

    I’ve been blaming Jacobs on PHT boards for a while. He’s a selfish prick who only spent when his once loyal fans stopped showing up. Now, he increases ticket prices and wants give backs from the players.

  11. jkline3 - Nov 28, 2012 at 8:18 PM

    Google “Bill Wirtz”.

  12. ajsjr40 - Nov 28, 2012 at 9:04 PM

    The thing that sucks is Jacobs won’t get hurt at all because B’s fans will pack the Garden when this ends. He gets his revenue with lower cost and takes the increased profit to the bank.

  13. sharksfan97 - Nov 29, 2012 at 11:03 AM

    I don’t know if it’s possible, but why don’t the players force this guy out of hockey by simply refusing to play in Boston? This may be difficult to do with draftees and some trades, but free agents and players with no trade clauses can certainly refuse to go there!

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