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Neely, Bruins Fans Rip DeBrusk, Teammates Get His Back

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Boston Bruins team president Cam Neely ripped Jake DeBrusk after plenty of Bruins fans booed him during a 2-1 loss to the Detroit Red Wings Tuesday and his teammates got his back after the game.

With Bruins winger Brad Marchand suspended for three games and winger Anton Blidh (upper-body) out indefinitely, as well as the Providence Bruins shutting down due to a COVID outbreak, Jake DeBrusk and Erik Haula drew back into the lineup. Just over seven minutes into regulation, the Boos rang loud down on DeBrusk as he carried the puck.

With the game tied 0-0 at the first intermission, Neely jumped on the 98.5 The Sports Hub intermission show and didn’t hold back when asked about Jake DeBrusk.

“It’s over a period of time; it just didn’t happen overnight,” Neely explained. “Obviously, we see Jake, you pointed out his second season in the league, where you think he’s going to build off that and it’s kind of gone the opposite direction where. …maybe. …Jake’s asset, his biggest asset is speed, and when he’s not skating he’s not really helping himself or helping us. He doesn’t get there; the compete for those 50/50 battles aren’t there because he’s not using his feet to get there.

“He used to be greasy Jake where he’d get a lot of greasy goals around the net, but we haven’t seen much of that since his second year,” said Boston Bruins President Cam Neely during an intermission interview with 98.5 the Sports Hub on Tuesday night. “He’s a proud guy too. He feels a change of scenery will get his game back.”

There was a different tone on the Jake DeBrusk situation from Boston Bruins winger Taylor Hall though:

 

If you’re not following Shkuri Wrights I highly suggest you do so, because he tells it like it is and isn’t afraid to call out his fellow Bruins fans when they lack class. Hopefully more Bruins fans can simply forgive Jake DeBrusk for the sins of GM Don Sweeney and his staff who absolutely doomed Jakub Zboril, DeBrusk, and Zach Senyshyn with his infamous 2015 NHL Draft. As my partner-in-scribe, Joe Haggerty wrote Tuesday morning, it’s high time DeBrusk and the Bruins part ways. The Bruins picked DeBrusk too high but at the same time, DeBrusk underachieved. Time for everyone to just part ways with class.

 

As reported here earlier on Tuesday, the Seattle Kraken and Ottawa Senators have expressed ‘more than lukewarm interest’ in Jake DeBrusk and the New York Rangers and Vancouver Canucks are also poking around on the NHL trade market.

With 20 years of experience (SiriusXM NHL Network Radio, ESPNBoston, NESN, NHL.com, etc.) covering the Bruins, the NHL, NCAA and junior hockey and more, Jimmy Murphy’s hockey black book is full of Hall of Famers, current players, coaches, management, scouts and a wide array of hockey media personalities that have lived in and around this great game. For 17 of his 20 years as a hockey and sports reporter, Murph covered the Bruins on essentially a daily basis covering their victorious 2011 Stanley Cup run and their 2013 run to the Final as well. Murphy has hosted national and local radio shows and podcasts and also has experience in TV as well.

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Joe Smith

Fans are allowed to boo a player who isn’t giving effort. Plain and simple. No one is personally insulting him or his family. How else are the people who pay his salary suppose to display displeasure? It’s the politest way possible to let him know how the fans feel.

William Mahoney

Trade DeBrusk as a down payment for Jack Eichel!

Not Jake

Since when is it a sin to boo a guy who doesn’t give his best effort? GTFOH with the “classless” fans bullshit.

Clacker47

And yet fans continue to be fine with Sweeney and Neely remaining employed after they were the ones who created the mess in the first place by passing on all the great talent in 2015,

Rick W Murray

Sweeney and Neely have to go they’ve pooped this franchise right down the John. With stupid inept drafting, poor decisions, and horrid free agent signings.

[…] During the Bruins’ game with the Detroit Red Wings Tuesday night, Boston Bruins fans showered DeBrusk with boos and team president Cam Neely ripped DeBrusk on the 98.5 The Sports Hub first period intermission show. (BHN) […]

Fred

Anyone remember the title to this article… “Neely and fans rip DeBrusk”. Sorry if the truth hurts but Neely was stating fact and not “ripping” DeBrusk. Yes fans have a right to boo. DeBrusk would rather leave than put in the effort to improve his game.

[…] do us any favors as far as getting into a groove, but it’s still a work in progress,” said Boston Bruins President Cam Neely during an intermission interview on the 98.5 the SportsHub broadcast on Tuesday night. “Goaltending has been okay. Not great, but okay. The secondary […]

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