Jacobs: Bruins assemble 'dream team'


Jacobs: Bruins assemble 'dream team'

By DannyPicard

BOSTON -- Bruins owner Jeremy Jacobs met with his team on Sundaymorning, as they prepare for the Stanley Cup Finals against the VancouverCanucks.

Jacobs addressed the media after and gave his take on theteams playoff run.

You can't have any more pride than I enjoyed this morning,said an emotional Jacobs. I feel just very lucky and very fortunate to bewhere I am. As a fan, as a custodian of a great franchise, this is a wonderful,wonderful experience.

I think I'm very lucky to have the leadership, both on the ice and in the backof the house, so to speak. I can't speak enough for the total organization andhow it's moved forward. I'm so proud of what they've achieved.

As a fan, you look at it, and you say, Look what happened Friday night inthis building, and it's what this city deserves, and what this franchise islong overdue.

Jacobs went on to praise everyone in the organization, andspecifically, had high praise for Peter Chiarelli, Cam Neely, and ClaudeJulien, and the way theyve handled the team this year.

I think that Peter Chiarelli has put together a dream team, his dream, as hesaw it, within the parameters that they have to work, said Jacobs. I thinkCam has shown great understanding of hockey. And this is a great city to playhockey in.

You've got a coach that is a player's coach, whose outstanding leadershipreally represents . . . You have to admire the way, when things don't go yourway, he doesn't say, Woe is me, which we saw throughout the playoffs withsome people. He says, Youve got to dig down. Youve got to work harder. AndI think thats just a wonderful attribute. I think it plays well to theplayers. They know that they have to work hard to be successful.

Jacobs believes that this Stanley Cup Finals run certainlyvalidates all the work that the front office has put in over the last fewyears. Even though the chances of getting to the Finals looked bleak afterlosing the first two games of the opening series to Montreal, he said that itsexperiences like that that have helped this team grow.

I was disappointed we were down 2-0, but I had a lot ofconfidence in our team, said Jacobs. But I have to tell you, when youre down2-0, youve got to be concerned about whether or not you can pull that off. Andto go into Montreal and win the next two, that was very refreshing.

This is not an overnight wonder. This is a team that hasevolved, and built in their experiences, both good and bad. And thats veryapparent to me, to watch them grow the way they have. I couldnt be happierthan I am right now.

Now, he said, everyone shares one common goal, and onecommon goal only.

It was a great experience to visit with them, and tounderstand the ambition that I share with them, said Jacobs. The ambition isto go and win the Stanley Cup.

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Bruins sign restricted free agent Acciari to two-year deal

Bruins sign restricted free agent Acciari to two-year deal

The Bruins have locked up a potential fourth-line piece for next season at a bargain basement price.

The B's signed Rhode Island native and Providence College alum Noel Acciari, a restricted free agent, to a two-year deal worth $1.45 million, a contract that breaks down to a very affordable $725,000 cap hit for each of the next two seasons. The 5-foot-11, 205-pound bowling ball of a forward finished with two goals and five points in 29 games for the Bruins last season, and has appeared in 48 games at the NHL level over the last two seasons in Boston. It was also encouraging that Acciari seemed to be tapping a bit more into his offense toward the end of the season, and was building some confidence for whatever modest offense he’ll end up bringing to the NHL table once he’s reached his potential ceiling as a player.

Clearly the two-year, one-way deal portends that Acciari, 25, will be counted on as a high energy, hard-hitting fourth-line player who does a good job of aggravating opponents while playing at full tilt. The real question is whether his body can hold up with his maximum effort style of playing, and whether he can avoid serious injuries with some of the car-crash level of violence he puts in his hitting.

Acciari has battled several different injuries over the last couple of seasons, but managed to be healthy enough to log time in the playoffs for both Boston and the P-Bruins.

Either way it’s a low-risk, affordable contract for the Bruins for a young player who, if healthy, will be a large piece on their fourth line as a diligent worker and excellent teammate. So that’s a good proactive signing for Don Sweeney as he continues to work on a more complicated contract for a higher profile player like David Pastrnak.

Morning Skate: Not a dry eye as Canucks draftee gets the call

Morning Skate: Not a dry eye as Canucks draftee gets the call

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while getting ready to check out GLOW on Netflix.

*This video of a Vancouver Canucks draft pick tearing up while watching the video of his brother celebrating him getting picked is all that is right with the NHL Draft.  

*FOH (Friend of Haggs) Adrian Dater has Avs first-round pick Cale Makar talking about his hockey background, and why it doesn’t matter.

*The Calgary Flames are excited about their prospects and the pieces they were able to acquire last weekend.

*The Washington Capitals have re-signed Brett Connolly for a couple of years at short money and he appears to have found a home in DC.

*The Chicago Blackhawks are still in talks with Marian Hossa about how to resolve his contract and the allergic skin condition that might have prematurely ended his hockey career.

*Will the Tampa Bay sports go through a dry spell when it comes to Hall of Fame athletes now that former Lighting forward Dave Andreychuk has been called to the Hockey Hall?

*It looks like young Pierre Luc Dubois will be put in a position to contribute with the Columbus Blue Jackets this season.

*Alex Prewitt has a preview of the NHL free agency period and the stress levels that many players go through in it.

*For something completely different: This video of Drake and Will Ferrell hoop handshakes was pretty solid, and funny.