Re: Neely's role
posted at 12/30/2010 10:32 AM EST
(Note: this was originally posted 12-22-10, prior to end of B's winless streak.)
When Chiarelli was hired as GM during the summer of 2006, JJ said that he was so impressed with PC that he expected Chiarelli would eventually become President of the B's after a successful run as GM, noting too that son Charlie wasn't interested in becoming president. So come this past spring, four years into PC's tenure as GM, what happened? Chiarelli remained in his GM post, and three-year VP Neely was promoted to team President. This was no mere coincidence IMHO.
At the press conference, JJ's right-hand man Harry Sinden (who remains part of the organization as an advisor to the Jacobs) went out of his way to say how impressed he'd been by how Neely had grown and developed as a VP, that Cam had the respect of everyone inside and outside the organization and was thus the logical choice to become team President. Which all makes sense on the surface of it, but if we dig a bit deeper, maybe we can see what may have been the real
reasons behind Neely's promotion:
Why was Neely named President, and not Chiarelli? Because someone within the B's organization...and I believe it was Harry Sinden...had the foresight to realize that if the B's fell on their faces this season, someone needed to be in charge in case changes needed to be made. Neely played for the B's and is a Hall of Famer. Chiarelli played for Harvard. Neely's Black-and-Gold blood is thicker than Chiarelli's water. Consider also that Cam has Sinden on his side, and Sinden has Jacobs on his
side, so no one should doubt that Cam, along with Sinden, has the power and authority to determine the current and future direction of the Bruins. Which is the way JJ (Charlie J.) and Sinden want it. In Neely, they have someone in charge they know, trust and believe in. I'm not sure they feel the same about Chiarelli.
So let's not kid ourselves: As team President, Neely really does have the final say on PC and thus on CJ. If PC disagrees too much about CJ's possible firing, PC could well end up following CJ out the door.