Bruins: Jeremy Jacobs

Jacobs: 'Truly sorry' for length of lockout

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Bruins owner Jeremy Jacobs, who is also chairman of the NHL's board of governors, made the following statement announcing the owners' ratification of the tentative labor agreement reached Sunday between the NHL and NHLPA:

"On behalf of the National Hockey League's Board of Governors, I am pleased to report that today we unanimously voted to ratify a new Collective Bargaining Agreement with the National Hockey League Players' Association. Which means, to our fans all around the globe, hockey is back.

"This great game has been gone for far too long, and for that we are truly sorry.

"The Board today also expressed its appreciation for the professionalism and commitment, to our clubs and to the sport, that Commissioner Bettman and Deputy Commissioner Daly displayed throughout this difficult period. Gary, Bill and their staff worked tirelessly from long before the lockout began in an effort to reach a constructive conclusion. Gary and Bill have the complete and unconditional support of the Board -- and our gratitude.

"As our League moves toward what we know will be a period of growth for the sport, and a time of great excitement and entertainment for our fans, I would add the appreciation of the Board for the dedication the players showed during the negotiating process -- and for their role in securing an agreement that will move the National Hockey League forward in the years ahead. There’s no doubt we all love this game.

"Together our collective future is extremely bright. Our only interest now is to look ahead and to focus on what this great game can provide to the best sports fans in the world."

LeBrun: B's Jacobs should recuse himself

November, 29, 2012
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While mediation failed to make progress in the NHL lockout, an interesting subplot emerged: Commissioner Gary Bettman has apparently suggested that he and NHLPA chief Donald Fehr step aside, and let players and owners negotiate directly with one another.

ESPN.com's Pierre LeBrun is intrigued by that possibility, but goes even further, suggesting that Bruins owner Jeremy Jacobs, viewed as a hardliner among the anti-union faction, should also remove himself from the picture:

I'd go further. I'd request that Jeremy Jacobs also join Bettman on the bench. Whether or not the kind of vitriol the players have for the Boston Bruins' owner is justified on all levels, the fact remains that he has come to represent all that is wrong with NHL ownership in the eyes of players. Get him out of the room.

Let's get some fresh voices with a fresh approach. At this point, the process requires it.


To read LeBrun's full take, CLICK HERE.

B's owner Jacobs hopes Coyotes stay

May, 3, 2012
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BOSTON -- Boston Bruins owner Jeremy Jacobs is hoping the newfound excitement around the Phoenix Coyotes and playoff hockey in the desert can help keep the franchise there.

"Let's see what these playoffs have done to this team," Jacobs said Thursday following his end of the season news conference with his son and team principal Charlie Jacobs along with Bruins president Cam Neely. "The statistics and the demographics of Phoenix are very big. That's a very, very big market. And there's a lot, to take a franchise without an owner, it takes away some of the heart and soul of that. If we can get a heart and soul to that, I think you can have somebody that can really harvest that market, especially coming off a winning season like this."

As the city of Glendale, Ariz., and the NHL try to determine if the Coyotes can remain and survive where they are amid uncertainty hovering over ownership and an arena lease agreement, the Coyotes have gone on the longest playoff run in franchise history. The team has created a positive buzz heading into Game 4 of a Western Conference semifinals series with Nashville. The Coyotes lead the series, 2-1.

Jacobs likened the Phoenix situation to that of the Dallas Stars, another team that experienced financial troubles but is now making progress again in a big media market under the direction of new owner Tom Gagliardi.

"I would like to stay in the Phoenix market, and I think most of the league would feel similarly because Phoenix is a Dallas," the Bruins owner said. "It's that sized type of market, where if you stimulate it, it will be successful. I think they've had just a lot of uncertainty for a very long time. We're hopeful it'll stick."

Jacobs: 'This is a wonderful experience'

May, 29, 2011
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BOSTON -- Bruins owner Jeremy Jacobs held a news conference Sunday morning at TD Garden, touching on a variety of topics, including his emotions during Game 7 of the Eastern Conference finals and his family's hope to own the Bruins for another 36 years.

The news conference led off with Jacobs being asked his thoughts about the Bruins being in the Stanley Cup finals for the first times since 1990.

Jacobs, who sat in front of a single microphone with his arms folded in front of him, answered by saying he didn't need a reminder of how long it's been.

"You can't have any more pride than I enjoyed this morning. I just feel very lucky and very fortunate to be where I am," he said. "As a fan, as a principal, as a custodian of a great franchise, this is a wonderful experience. I can't speak enough for the total organization. I'm just so proud of what they've achieved. As a fan, you look at it and say, 'Look at what happened Friday night in this building' and it's what this city deserves and [for] this fan base, it's long overdue. I just commend the guys on the ice."

Jacobs was later asked his vision for the franchise, and the NHL, in the future.

"I'm extremely proud to own this franchise," he responded, calling it a great civic asset. "We're in good shape, the family is fortunately in position where we can continue to own this franchise for generations going forward. We've brought great stability to this franchise. It's been in the Jacobs family for 36 years, and I would be proud if it could stay there for the next 36 years."

Jacobs on Savard deal, state of NHL

September, 29, 2010
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Following his team's media day Wednesday, Boston Bruins owner Jeremy Jacobs discussed some NHL labor issues, including the investigation into the seven-year $28.5 million contract signed by center Marc Savard and the state of the league heading toward the 2012 expiration of the current collective bargaining agreement.

Jacobs stood by the Savard contract but also understands why the league investigated, saying he didn’t feel his team was singled out.

“I think they threw out a wide net and tried to be as inclusive as possible of everyone that they thought had extended contracts,” the longtime Bruins owner and chairman of the NHL’s board of governors said. “Whether they thought it was fair or not, I don't know, but I didn't feel there was any problem with it. If we have to stand scrutiny, that's what we have to do.”

Jacobs understood the NHL’s stance against the Ilya Kovalchuk contract and why the league went to an arbitrator to have Kovalchuk's original deal with the New Jersey Devils voided.

“I think all the contracts have to be looked at that way, and at least from Boston's standpoint, I think the commissioner made a value judgment on this and I think clearly the arbitrator agreed on the Kovalchuk one,” Jacobs said. “It was a very expensive situation, though.”

Are the Bruins going to be more careful when signing players to long-term contracts in the future?

“I think Boston is going to be a lot more sensitive to that,” Jacobs promised. “Boston's going to be very aware of the circumvention areas, and there are a lot of things that can go into that terminology, circumvention. We're sensitive to it.”

With the current collective bargaining agreement set to expire in 2012, Jacobs acknowledged that the new CBA needs to be more precise.

“Wording will definitely be clearer,” Jacobs said. “With our contracts everybody looks for loopholes. People study it and they make a career of it and they live and die with that. We have to close whatever loopholes we see because a whole bunch of new ones come up. But I think we can live within it and we can get a more balanced ground than we have right now.”

Jacobs believes the NHL has prospered under the current CBA but recognizes that there are still downfalls. Many teams are suffering at the gate and have other problems.

“The league is healthier now than it was before the current CBA," Jacobs said. “But going forward we have to have every team on stronger financial ground than they are today. Boston needs to be and I think there are a lot of others as well that need to be.”

Struggling franchises, an unstable players' union and hard economic times have fans and media worried that the NHL could have another work stoppage in 2012. Jacobs didn’t rule out such a scenario but sounded confident that a new agreement will be reached.

"I think something should get done and I hope something will get done without a work stoppage,” he said.

Jacobs won't rule out Ryder demotion

September, 29, 2010
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BOSTON -- While general manager Peter Chiarelli gave winger Michael Ryder a public vote of confidence Sunday, Bruins owner Jeremy Jacobs, speaking at Wednesday's media day, didn't rule out the possibility of Ryder being shipped to the minors.

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"Hopefully we're not doing that,” Jacobs said of sending Ryder to Providence. “It's up to Pete. We sure don't want to see that happen. It's not unheard of in this organization, but we want to be a little more fiscally responsible than that. But if that's where you wind up, that's where you wind up. It's Peter's call, really.”

Ryder is coming off a disappointing season in which he had 18 goals and 33 points after registering 27 goals and 53 points in 2008-09 and costs the Bruins $4 million on the salary cap. With the Bruins hurting for cap space, there's been much speculation that Ryder would be traded or demoted to alleviate the crunch.

With the preseason showing the Bruins have numerous young prospects knocking on the door, and others such as Tyler Seguin and Jordan Caron already busting through it, Jacobs realizes Chiarelli will need to cut salary to accommodate the youth movement. Demoting an underachieving player like Ryder, should he not have a good start to the season, could be the answer.

“He's got to win, that's what it's about,” Jacobs said. “But these people are already in your inventory. You're paying them one way or another. I think he's flushed with some very talented young players. I know that's the way I see it. I know that's the way he sees it, and he's got to give them exposure some way or another. How he brings them up is going to be difficult perhaps. “

When asked about possibly being the odd man out, Ryder said the best way he can prevent that is to do his job on the ice.

“I can’t control that,” Ryder said. “It’s management and people above us that decide that. I just need to go out and play hockey and try to do what I can do to help the team. I know I can still play this game and I want to be part of this team, so I’ll just have to go out and play and hope everything falls into place.”

Ryder said one of his big problems last season was thinking too much.

“I had my chances. They were still there but they just weren’t going in,” he said. “Looking back, I think I just need to start shooting more and not think about it. I’m a shooter and I need to just be myself. If they go in, things will start to fall in place, but you have to shoot for them to go in.”

Ryder also believes some added muscle will help his game as well and bring more confidence.

“When I was in Montreal I was like 200 pounds and I felt like that was a good weight for me so I just tried to work out harder and put on muscle to get stronger,” he said. “I didn’t get up to 200, I’m around 195, but I feel a lot stronger and when I’m on the ice I feel more confident that way. It will help me be more physical and win more battles.”

During the Bruins first preseason game against the Canadiens at Montreal, Ryder heard his friend and former teammate Carey Price get booed off the ice after allowing four goals on the first 11 Bruins shots. Ryder realizes a bad start may result in him receiving the same treatment from the Boston faithful, but says he wouldn’t hold such a reaction against the Garden fans.

“I don’t like to or really can’t think about that,” he said. “If they do, they do and the only way they will stop is if I score and we win, so that’s what we have to do. At least they care enough to boo and that’s why I like playing here.”

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