Re: Kreji possibilities
posted at 5/8/2012 11:45 PM EDT
In Response to Re: Kreji possibilities
[QUOTE]In Response to Re: Kreji possibilities : This is a quote from my posting: I'm not asking this to get a rise out of anyone. I'm simply asking because I don't know the answers. I was asking a question, as part of a discussion about Neely. To my knowledge, he didn't have any NHL scouting or managerial experience before being appointed President of the Bruins. So I simply asked all of you, who would know much better than I, what his credentials were. As it turns out, from a hockey operations standpoint, his experience is limited. This is not really disputable, and it's not meant as an insult. I was simply trying to clarify Neely's role in the organization. If it's mainly community relations and outreach, then fine. There's no insult in that, it's an important part of any organization's operations.
Posted by 49-North[/QUOTE]
Of course it's all speculation, but I imagine Neely probably does act similar to the way the president of any big organization would. He meets with different departments, gets a bunch of feedback, and then gives performance evaluations and sets company objectives.
It might actually help that he isn't an expert on scouting or coaching. Let the guys do their jobs without too much meddling, but make sure everyone is on the same page. Talk to the GM, coaches, scouts, players, player development people, trainers, etc. Try to find out what worked well, what didn't and what needs to improve. If there are any conflicts between the different departments, help resolve them and let everyone understand what the final decision is.
Obviously being as popular as he is with the fans is a huge plus, but if the coaches and management are having trouble getting a message across to a someone, who better to hear it from than a hall of famer who also epitomizes what the organization looks for in a player?
Ultimately though, I think he's someone who has always been around the team and been close with the Jacobs family since his playing days. I think he's always given them feedback, and that combined with his success in other ventures lead to more involvement with the team. They trust his passion and knowledge, and while not a former gm, scout or coach, he's the guy they felt could lead the operation.