Ownership, management disappointed with first round exit

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Ownership, management disappointed with first round exit

Anybody that expected a fire and brimstone speech from Cam Neely about heads rolling after the Bruins first round exit from the playoff probably left TD Garden disappointed on Thursday afternoon.

Those that expected a Bs ownership group and management team to express a disappointment after a seven-game loss to the Washington Capitals and the teams first opening round playoff exit in four seasons got exactly what they were looking for. Bruins ownershipmanagement liaison Charlie Jacobs used the term disappointing in his first sentence to the assembled media at Legends Restaurant at TD Garden, and the man signing the checks didnt sound much happier.

Of course the younger Jacobs also mentioned the term parity in attempting to reconcile the reasons behind losing in the playoffs, and mentioned a level of pride still there with the team.

We did expect to get out of that first round this year. 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, said Bruins Principal owner Jeremy Jacobs. We wanted to do better, we expected to do better and we have every reason to believe wed do better.

Neely said a philosophical change might be in store for the power play after it once again let down the Black and Gold at the worst possible time, but there was no fist pounding on the table in fury one year removed from winning the Stanley Cup. Instead the Bruins President hoped his young nucleus of players learned from the mental and physical grind associated with attempting to repeat as Stanley Cup champs.

Its disappointing to lose out in the first round. We didnt have this at all last year. I dont like this at all and I dont think anybody in the organization likes it, said Neely. I used this saying a lot when I was a player and I was dealing with injuries and everything else: I said quite a few times that may rear view mirror is broken. I cant use it. We had a lot to celebrate last year and weve had a lot of things to learn from this past season.

We can learn from it, and I believe because of the character of our players were going to come back even more motivated at the start of training camp.

The displeasure with losing early in the playoffs was clear coming from the top on Causeway Street, and it appears that the Bruins have moved on organizationally while already putting an emphasis on next year. If another first round playoff exit follows this one, then that fire and brimstone might just make a cameo appearance at this time next year.

Thursday, Jan. 19: Torts doesn't think LeBron could play hockey

Thursday, Jan. 19: Torts doesn't think LeBron could play hockey

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while wondering if the Bruins are ever going to poop, or get off the pot.
 
*John Tortorella wants everybody to know that he thinks there isn’t a chance that Lebron James could play hockey.
 
*In the interest of self-promotion, here’s my radio hit with Toucher and Rich this morning about whether or not Claude Julien should be fired after back-to-back bad losses against the Islanders and Red Wings.
 
*How did Shane Doan arrive at an unhappy place with the Arizona Coyotes where he now is open to moving elsewhere ahead of the trade deadline?
 
*Henrik Lundqvist’s season is entering a crisis level based on what he’s done, and the diminished performance level he’s showing as a more mature goaltender.
 
*A nice piece with a Canadian hockey hero, Hayley Wickenheiser, who recounts some of the legendary moments of her career through a series of pictures.
 
*I totally respect the work that Travis Yost does, but stating the Bruins should stick with Claude Julien because their shooting percentage is bound to turn around isn’t good enough grounds to keep a floundering situation intact, in my opinion. You need to check where the shots are coming from and how many of those shot attempts are completely missing the net to get a better grasp on some of the reasons behind Boston’s dreadful 10-year low shooting percentage. That would also explain some of the reason why Julien needs to be replaced coaching a team that’s largely content on perimeter shots to do it for them while also only sporadically showing the effort required from a middle class talent type of team.

*The Lightning are struggling at Joe Namath levels right now without Steve Stamkos in their lineup, and they need that to change.
 
*For something completely different: congrats to the Boston boys in New Edition for a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.