Neely, Felger go at it over Thomas' playing time

Neely, Felger go at it over Thomas' playing time
March 29, 2012, 9:38 pm
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Oh, boy.

Don't mess with Seabass, Felger!

Mike Felger, on 98.5's Felger and Mazz Show (simulcasted on CSNNE) has an issue with the amount of games Tim Thomas has played in net for the Bruins as of late.

Thomas has played in 17 of the last 18 to be exact.

But asked about the reason, B's president Cam Neely got a bit testy, sarcastically telling Felger he'd 'love' to hear his way of doing things.

"Well it's more than we like, but tell me how we could have done anything differently," Neely said. "Walk me through it, love to hear it."

Felger suggested playing Turco and taking your lumps, to which Neely responded by saying, "And potentially what, fall out of the playoffs? Potentially be a lower seed than we really needed to be?"

Right now, the Bruins (93 points) are tucked into the No. 2 seed in the division. They won't make it to No 1, and have to win a couple more games to seal the No. 2 spot.

Felger then questioned whether Neely really thought the B's could have fallen out of the playoffs, as Buffalo currently holds on to the 8th seed with 86 points.

Were the Bruins panicking by playing Thomas so much?

"Certainly no panic, but we want to make sure we're solidifying the best possible playoff spot, and we take into consideration how our players are feeling, how they're playing, how the team's playing. All these things we take into consideration," Neely said.

Neely agrees with where Felger's coming from, but thinks the B's have been doing the right thing.

"Marty Turco came in here and he had to get accustomed to NHL shot, the size of the rinks, the size of the rink, where the pucks are coming from. We wanted to make sure he felt comfortable getting him back in the net and giving him a chance to succeed and as well as giving us a chance to win hockey games."