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Felger and Massarotti talked with Boston Bruins president Cam Neely in what was the final visit with Neely for the season on Thursday.
Neely reflected on the Bruins’ season and his feelings after their stunning, year-ending loss to the Capitals in Game 7 of the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
“We didn’t play the way we were capable of playing,” Neely said. “You have to give Washington some credit, but I think if we really look at it, we can say that we could have played better in some of those games.”
Among the biggest areas for improvement for the Bruins was their power play, which went just 2-for-23 in the seriers. Neely conceded that the Bruins’ power play needs improvement.
“I just think it was too static,” Neely said. “We have to look at like it’s an important part of the game and of our game. … If our power play is better, there’s a better chance that we’re going to win more games because of it. … It’s certainly an area of our game that we can improve on.
“There’s not many areas where we look at and say, ‘Jeez, we need a huge improvement here,’ and the power play is one area where I believe we can improve.”
Neely expressed confidence that the B’s have the personnel to have an effective power play.
“I think we have some guys that are creative, some guys that can shoot the puck,” he said.
Felger and Mazz also asked Neely some questions about the offseason and next year’s version of the Bruins. Does Neely anticipate having both Tuukka Rask and Tim Thomas back? Where does Tyler Seguin fit into the Bruins’ future? Might he be moved to center? And will the Bruins acquire a forward in the offseason?
Neely concluded the interview by talking about his feelings on the ownership.
“There is a strong commitment from ownership to do what we have to do put a winning team on the ice,” Neely said.
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