No Bruins players have gotten surgery yet this offseason, team president Cam Neely said Wednesday at TD Garden.

David Krejci is set to undergo surgery for a hip impingement with Dr. Brian Kelly, while Torey Krug and Matt Beleskey could undergo procedures for shoulder and hand injuries, respectively.

Krug and Beleskey’s statuses were up in the air at last week’s press conference with Don Sweeney, with the GM not saying that they would definitely require operations. Neely said Wednesday that Krug’s surgery was likely, while the team would “wait and see” with Beleskey.

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DJ Bean
Cam Neely

Cam Neely

Bruins president Cam Neely said at Wednesday’s press conference that he fully supported general manager Don Sweeney’s preference to retain Claude Julien for a 10th season.

Julien’s status was up in the air after the Bruins missed the playoffs for a second consecutive season, but Sweeney announced last week that the team would be keeping Julien. Neely said that he viewed Julien as one of the positives for the team this season.

“I thought he did a great job coaching this year,” Neely said. “It was a big transition year for him. Different player personnel than he’s accustomed to. We tried to integrate a lot of younger players and I think he did a good job with the roster. There’s areas where we can all still evolve and I think Claude is looking at that. I think he did a great job with some of circumstances that he had throughout the year, so when Don said he wanted to keep Claude, I had no problem with that at all.”

Added Neely: “We have conversations throughout the year, and there wasn’t really a point of saying, ‘I want to bring him back.’ It was he wasn’t doing anything differently. Ultimately, that’s Don’s decision. If he comes to me and says, ‘Listen, I think we need to make a change here,’ I’ve got to go on his recommendation because he’s the one who deals with the coach on a daily basis.”

The Bruins fired assistant coach Doug Houda and the futures of Joe Sacco and Doug Jarvis, neither of whom have contracts, are up in the air. Neely said it was too early to rule out a return for Jarvis and Sacco, adding that Sweeney and Julien would interview assistant coaching candidates in short order.

“Don’s still working through that,” Neely said. “I think he’s got some people in place that he wants to get together with and interview, along with Claude. Obviously it’s a collaborative effort. Don’s out scouting right now, but I know when he gets back he’s going to sit down with Claude and they’re going to go over some names.”

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DJ Bean

As expected, Bruins owner Jeremy Jacobs attended Wednesday’s press conference with CEO Charlie Jacobs and Cam Neely. Since becoming CEO during the 2014-15 season, Charlie Jacobs had taken over many of the media responsibilities of his father.

As expected, Bruins owner Jeremy Jacobs attended Wednesday’s press conference with CEO Charlie Jacobs and Cam Neely. Since becoming CEO during the 2014-15 season, Charlie Jacobs had taken over many of the media responsibilities of his father.

Rumor had it that Jeremy Jacobs was not happy with the Bruins’ situation after missing the playoffs in two straight seasons, but the longtime owner gave Neely and his staff a vote of confidence Wednesday.

“He’s my leader right now and I ride with him,” Jacobs said.

Jacobs added that Neely, who played 10 seasons of a Hall of Fame career for the Jacobs-owned Bruins, deserves ample time to try to correct the organization’s path.

“Absolutely. He is the personality that I’m looking forward to seeing,” Jacobs said. “He’s got a clear deck right now to do it.

“He had a difficult year last year, but it wasn’t unanticipated in my mind. They said it would be rocky and it was. And it was disappointing in the end.”

Neely has been the team’s president since the 2010-11 season.

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DJ Bean

Could Zdeno Chara be traded this offseason? (Kim Klement/USA Today)Ten years ago, Zdeno Chara chose the Bruins.



DJ and Pete continue to assess the season that was for the Bruins and look toward the future for the franchise and how they can improve.
DJ and Pete continue to assess the season that was for the Bruins and look toward the future for the franchise and how they can improve.
DJ and Pete are together for the final Sunday Skate of the season. They get into their overall thoughts on the season, the Bruins keeping Claude Julien on as head coach and the end-of-season press conferences last week. They discuss the rebuild process, what the Bruins need and how they can obtain it. Plenty of callers have their own theories and opinions on all of these topics as well.

One of the Bruins’ most promising players selected in the 2015 draft suffered a frightening injury Friday night.

One of the Bruins’ most promising players selected in the 2015 draft suffered a frightening injury Friday night.

Though he was the Bruins’ sixth selection (52nd overall), defenseman Jeremy Lauzon may have jumped ahead of some of his draft classmates thanks to a strong season in the QMJHL. His playoffs with the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies were put on hold, however, when he took a skate to the neck Friday. Lauzon, who was bleeding heavily, was rushed to the hospital.

TSN’s Bob McKenzie reported after the game that Lauzon had suffered a neck laceration and required surgery.

Lauzon is the second Bruins prospect in a matter of months to suffer an injury in the neck area. Malcolm Subban’s regular season was cut short when he took a puck to the throat and required surgery on his larynx back in February.

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DJ Bean