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 looking forward to getting World Cup teammates, coach back


Bruins looking forward to getting World Cup teammates, coach back

BRIGHTON, Mass. – With the World Cup of Hockey and Team Canada crowned as champions, the final few Bruins players involved in the international hockey tournament will be filtering back into regular training camp.

It was a brilliant tourney for Brad Marchand and Patrice Bergeron, especially while forming the World Cup’s best forward line with Sidney Crosby. Marchand was one of the leading scorers and had the clutch game-winner in the decisive game.

As a line they combined for a ridiculous 25 points in six games and it was Marchand who scored a couple of the biggest goals in the biggest games against Russia and Team Europe.

“They did it all of last season for us, so I’m not shocked. They played well throughout the entire time they played there, so I’m really happy for them,” said Ryan Spooner. “It’s been kind of a weird camp. We’ve been missing a lot of guys, and to get all of those guys back is huge. They’re the leaders of the team, so to get them back is good.

“Marchand around the room is a funny guy, so he’s definitely missed. We miss them all.”

Zdeno Chara was a force for the surprising rag-tag group of players on Team Europe and led them to the best-of-three final series against Team Canada. Now that it’s over, the B’s teammates are looking forward to all three joining fellow World Cup participants Tuukka Rask, David Pastrnak and David Backes at camp probably at some point next week.

“It does [feel like training camp], but it will be nice to get those guys back,” said Adam McQuaid. “They are big parts of this team. We’re looking forward to having those guys back, for sure.”

That also includes getting their coach, Claude Julien, back as well after missing his presence while he served behind the Canadian bench with Mike Babcock and Barry Trotz. He’ll be rejoining the Bruins over the next couple of days, and getting through preseason road games against Detroit and Philadelphia before making some tough decisions on cuts at main training camp.

That’s when things will officially start getting back to normal for a training camp that’s felt like something was a little missing over the first few weeks of getting ready for the season. 

Friday, Sept. 30: It's all Bruins in World Cup final


Friday, Sept. 30: It's all Bruins in World Cup final

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while taking a nap this afternoon so I can watch the 1:30 am replay of tonight’s Bruins/Red Wings game on the NHL Network.

*Brad Marchand, Patrice Bergeron and Zdeno Chara scored the goals at the World Cup’s decisive game on Thursday night, and No. 63 got the clutch game-winner late in the third period for Team Canada. Then he watched as linemate Sidney Crosby won the MVP for the tournament in what could be perceived, from a Boston point of view, as a largely Canadian-based hockey media fawning over Sid the Kid once again. Look, he was the tournament’s leading scorer, but last night’s heroics probably should have tipped the scales toward the B’s agitator getting the World Cup hardware.

*PHT writer and FOH (Friend of Haggs) Mike Halford has Anaheim Ducks defenseman Hampus Lindholm seeking an eight year deal from his team. That could be another contract negotiation to watch closely if you’re a Bruins fan.

*Zach Werenski, one of the D-men the Bruins were trying to trade up to get two years ago in the first round of the draft, is looking like he might be NHL-ready for the Columbus Blue Jackets.

*Tampa Bay Lightning forward Nikita Kucherov is holding out with the Tampa Bay Lightning, and just wants to get paid like the rest of his teammates.

*Marian Hossa says he still wants to play hockey when he’s 42 years old, or close to the age that countrymen Zdeno Chara is right now.

*Here are some preseason college hockey storylines with the world of NCAA hockey about to start up in force.

*A judge has ruled that the family of the late Derek Boogaard may pursue a lawsuit against the NHL over the death of their son.

*For something completely different: “Tex Ryan” takes his jokes to open mic night and I’m fairly this is Toucher and Rich skewering the Buffalo Bills head coach. And rightfully so.