Jeremy Jacobs

Bruins owner Jeremy Jacobs: Expectation is 'we'll be in the playoffs'

Ken Laird
October 11, 2016 - 10:28 am
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The Bruins had Media Day festivities Tuesday in anticipation of the 2016-17 season launch, and longtime owner Jeremy Jacobs said he is planning on additional games at the end of the campaign. "I share the expectations with everybody here that we'll be in the playoffs," said Jacobs, on a dais alongside CEO Charlie Jacobs, president Cam Neely, general manager Don Sweeney, and head coach Claude Julien. "And I expect them to get deep in the playoffs. I think there's a very good mix of young and old, experienced players. I'm looking forward to going into the playoff season." The Bruins are coming off missing the postseason for the second-straight year, with last season's 93-point total falling just short of qualifying due to losing a tiebreaker with Detroit (greater number of wins, excluding shootout wins). Pressed for a timeline for playoff success, Jacobs replied: "Yesterday." "I really think we're so close to being truly a competitive playoff team and contender," the elder Jacobs continued. "Who saw San Jose last year? It wasn't me, that's for sure. Circumstances evolve. We could well be a serious contender. Every day there's that mandate. Whether or not they hear it is something else. Our expectations are high. I talk to Cam quite a bit, so I think we all share that." The B's had made the playoffs for seven consecutive years before the current lull, which saw Sweeney replace Peter Chiarelli in April of 2015. "The great thing that Don brings is intuition and knowledge of what [our] young players can be, and where they could go," Jacobs said. "He spent so much time with them and so much a part of the draft. He's been building more than harvesting. I'd like to see us build from within rather than from the outside, because you pay a price for it. That's what you've seen over the last year, paying that price." Jacobs said he was impressed with what he saw from his roster in Saturday's preseason finale, a 1-0 OT win against Philadelphia. Rookie defensemen Brandon Carlo and Rob O'Gara, as well as forward Danton Heinen, were featured in that game for Boston. "What you're seeing with these young players, we didn't trade these guys," Jacobs said. "We stayed with them. The game Saturday night was a real good indication of what we're capable of. I really enjoyed it, thought it was very entertaining. There's a lot of youth out there and I was seriously impressed."

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