Bruins president Cam Neely joined Felger & Mazz on Thursday for his weekly chat, and it began with a serious subject.
Neely was asked about the Back Bay fire that took the lives of two firefighters on Wednesday, and he said the organization will do its best to pay its respects to the brave men prior to Thursday’s game.
“As an organization, we feel for the [Edward] Walsh and [Michael] Kennedy families. Any time something like that happens, it puts the firefighters back into the forefront of what they actually do for us and how they risk our lives for us,” Neely said. “We’re going to do our best to honor the Walsh and Kennedy families, and hopefully put on a nice game for those who get out to the game tonight.
“You want to do the right thing, we certainly want to acknowledge and pay respects as best we can and do it in as classy a way as we possibly can. … You just try to do what we think is our best in paying respects and doing it in a respectful and proper manner.”
Getting back to hockey, with the Blackhawks in town for the first time since winning the Cup, Michael Felger asked Neely if he’s gotten over the Finals loss.
“Yes, at this point,” Neely said, before adding, “It’s better not to think about it.”
When it comes to missed opportunities, Neely said he looks back to Game 1, when Johnny Oduya’s shot bounced off Andrew Ference’s skate and into the net to tie the game, and Game 4, when the Bruins scored five goals but didn’t win, as the ones that “got away.”
With speculation about a possible Dennis Seidenberg return come playoff time, thanks in large part to Neely’s comments on Felger & Mazz last week, the question arised again.
“Listen, when a player’s injured and has an injury like what Dennis has, no one here is saying, ‘Hey maybe there’s a chance.’ You’re certainly not going to say he’s going to come back, and you’re not going to say he’s completely ruled out,” Neely said. “He’s always been in great shape, he takes care of himself, he’s done a great job with rehab. But the human tissue and ligaments like that, there’s a certain amount of time it takes for them to heal properly. We’ll see how the progress goes based on how we go too, but the last thing we want to do is to do anything that’s gonna jeopardize his health for any kind of long term, for a short-term [benefit].”