Oct 31, 2013; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Bruins president Cam Neely (left) with Boston Red Sox president and chief executive officer Larry Lucchino and the World Series trophy during the second period against the Anaheim Ducks at TD Banknorth Garden. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

Boston Bruins President Cam Neely talks trade deadline failures.


There has been quite a bit of talk on whether or not the Boston Bruins will use one or both of their buyouts during the off season. The Bruins have had several players that qualify, and some of those players have not had their best seasons last year.

NHL organizations are not allowed to buy out injured players according to the most recent Collective Bargaining Agreement. This does narrow the field of potential candidates down by a few. Chris Kelly would be immune from the buyout due to the herniated disc that caused him to miss the playoffs. Adam McQuaid‘s nagging injury that kept him off the active roster would remove him as well.

All in all, the odds are the Bruins will once again waive their option towards a buy out. Peter Chiarelli was loathe to do it last year, and from what him and Cam Neely have been saying to the media they don’t seem to want to go that route this season. The talk in Boston now has moved to what perceived failures the Bruins organization made before the trade deadline last year. The Black and Gold had a depleted roster of defensemen and they attempted to make trades only to have them fall through at the end.

Corey Potter played only three games for Boston, and Andrej Meszaros failed to pan out for the Bruins. This failure was part of the reason the President’s Trophy team had such a disappointing exit to the season. Cam Neely was on local media addressing the disappointments that occurred for them during the trade frenzy.

“I can speak to what we tried to do at the deadline,” said the Bruins President. “Not in detail, but with what was available and how we thought we wanted to add as opposed to add and subtract, we thought we had something in place but it was predicated on another team making a deal and it didn’€™t pan out. But again, we were going through that really good stretch of hockey and we thought we really just needed to add some depth and if a player with term became available, like the one we were trying to acquire, it would have been a bonus for us. But obviously I don’€™t think that is the full reason why we didn’€™t get past the second round, to be honest with you.”

He’s got that right. A certain amount of blame needs to be placed on certain players who didn’t play up to their potential. The Bruins almost seemed to coast in the Eastern Conference Semifinals, and a hungry Montreal Canadiens took out the Bruins in seven games.

 

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  • Willy

    Almost sounds like Cam likes the players they have but not how the played, IE the coaching staff didnt do their job to get these guys motivated… Could we see a change to the staff somewhere???

    • bruinfan

      How did you get that out of what Cam said. Players don’t perform blame the staff. Neely was placing blame on the players. The staff did not hit all those posts and miss all those open nets the players did. They are pros not amateurs. Lord Stanley should be enough motivation.

      • Willy

        Because I heard it come out of Neely’s mouth thats how.

        • bruinfan

          You forgot the apostrophe in that’s. Also you are wrong he never said the staff didn’t do their job to get guys motivated. If you don’t like Claude that is fine but don’t change what Cam said to try and bash the staff. You missed a few words in what Cam said.

          • Willy

            You’re gonna nag me about a friggin apostrophe, give me a break. I heard Cam say it with my own 2 ears, I dont care what you heard, I know what I heard. I didnt miss anything and stop trying to put words in my mouth.

          • bruinfan

            Looks like someone is a hypocrite. You nag about spelling. What is difference don’t give if you can’t receive!

          • Willy

            I am doing no such thing, you really need to grow up. This is an area for fans to discuss hockey not criticize about spelling errors, of which youve had many as well so you’re the hypocrite. Just stop

          • bruinfan

            When you smarten up I will consider growing. Really I have had many? Who is delusional here? You pointed out one and that does not make many. You are an idiot!

          • Willy

            And since you seem to think Cam only talked to the Boston media on Exit day I’ll let you know he talked on a Boston radio station, that is where he said he wasnt happy and that not everyone was motivated or played up to expectations…

          • bruinfan

            Who is putting words in whose mouth. I am typing not talking. See you misunderstand what is actually happening. It is ok. Your mad for being corrected.

          • bruinfan

            In this statement you mention nothing about the coaches and that was the problem form the beginning. I agree he did say that not everyone was motivated but he was referring to the players not the coaching. That is where my issue is. That is you putting words in his mouth in print. Thanks for showing you don’t understand things. You are a Claude basher by all means.