President Cam

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Cam Neely Bruins President

The Boston Bruins have announced a 2 p.m. press conference for tomorrow at the TD Garden, reportedly to announce that Cam Neely will be promoted from Vice President to Team President, a title and position that would put him above Peter Chiarelli in the chain of command.

An interesting development indeed. Cam would now fill the role previously held by Harry Sinden and, seemingly, have a greater authority to put his own stamp on the team’s personality. Fans everywhere who hold the Spoked B close to their hearts are hoping that personality will be the one he displayed as a player for the team, one of ferocious competitiveness and unyielding toughness.

Easier said than done in the Salary Cap age. Having already announced they will not be buying out any contracts this off season, Chiarelli and Co. remain saddled with some unpleasant contracts (Michael Ryder, will you please report to the departure lounge) that may hamper any drastic change in the team for the upcoming season. It’s going to be hard to change team dynamics if the majority of last year’s erratic, dysfunctional crew are going to still be hanging around.

However, if they say a fish rots from the head down, then the opposite must be true, as well. Real change must start at the top and putting a person with Cam Neely’s temperament, drive and desire to make wearing Black and Gold a matter of pride and honor once again must be a good thing. Proper leadership and accountability in the right position might just make the difference.

Key dates for the Bruins and the NHL going forward in the off-season:

  • June 23rd – The NHL Awards Show takes place in Las Vegas. No Bruin has been nominated for anything.
  • June 25th – The 2010 NHL Entry Draft in Los Angeles. All eyes will be on the Edmonton OIilers and the B’s, as well as prized prospects Taylor Hall and Tyler Seguin. Which one will end up where? Will there be any major trades to report? This year’s draft has the potential to be a blockbuster in terms of interest and action and anticipation. More to come on that front, trust me.
  • July 1stFree Agency begins. If the Bruins have not signed Johnny Boychuk by this time, chances are he will be gone. He’s been listed as one of the top 10 guys available this year and will likely get a lot of interest based on his age and improved play this past season.
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