Boston Bruins president Cam Neely joined Felger & Mazz on Thursday for his weekly chat, but given that the glow of the Red Sox’ World Series win hadn’t yet faded, the conversation understandably focused as much on the Red Sox as it did the Bruins.
Neely talked about the feeling of winning a championship as an executive as opposed to what it would have been like as a player, and he said the success of the sports teams in Boston all push each other to be better.
“It should. I know for us, I personally love it when other teams do well in this city. Because it does push us and it should push us. We want to do well regardless, but it always gives you that little extra motivation when another team in the city has done really well,” Neely said. “All companies are looking where to spend their dollars, and our fans are looking where to spend their dollars, so we want to make sure that we’re giving a product on the ice that our fans love to see and watch, and feel like we can compete for championships. That’s important for us.”
Neely also praised the work of Larry Lucchino, in particular, for the turnaround the team had from last year to this season.
As for the Bruins, Neely expressed disappointment in the Bruins dropping two straight games.
“We’re not playing the way we can play as a group. We’ve got a few players playing the way we know they can be, and we have some that can elevate their game. We need a 60-minute effort from the bulk of our guys. The last couple of games aren’t really indicative of how we should be playing. Having said that, I like our team. I think we’re a very competitive team, but we could certainly play better than we’ve played the last couple of games.”