Re: Kreji possibilities
posted at 5/6/2012 10:00 PM EDT
In Response to Re: Kreji possibilities
[QUOTE]In Response to Re: Kreji possibilities : Why does the GM get the credit but the team President get pushed aside? Who's to say that the GM does it all, but the skills and decision making of the President are questioned? Neely was a businessman long before coming to work for the Bruins. Why is Neely called to the mat for the powerplay when Chiarelli is not? Can't Chiarelli fired Ward? If not, does that make it Neely's decision? If so, why can't Neely get any credit for the rest of the success of the team?
Posted by Not-A-Shot[/QUOTE]
Yeah, I can't really answer all of these questions, because my post is one of opinion, not fact. I don't know. I'm no insider.
My impression is that Neely is a good public face of the organization and he is certainly a popular one, but I don't actually know what he does or if he is all that sharp at running the true hockey operations. It is not my impression that Neely has "been called to the mat" for anything, just credited with many of the same critiques about the team that you see here daily. In many ways I am asking the opposite of the questions you've posted since Neely seems to get so much credit already.
Like, why does Neely get credit instead of Chiarelli sometimes? Why is he painted as the one who has noticed the powerplay problems? Why does Neely publicly complain about things that Chiarelli appears to privately address (or try to)? How valuable is his "buck-stops-here" mentality? etc?
I think Neely got tons of credit for the championship (don't you?). Plenty of that was probably deserved, but the championship was won largely on the backs of players that Chiarelli assembled and the team remains in an excellent spot (talent-wise, cap-wise) largely because of Chiarelli's smart planning, IMO.
If I had to pick one to run the team, I'd pick Chiarelli.