Cam Neely on The Skate Podcast explains how he looks at Bill Belichick, Patriots when it comes to making decisions

Ryan Hannable
November 09, 2019 - 9:26 am

Bruins president Cam Neely sat down with Ken Laird and Matt Kalman this week on the latest episode of The Skate Podcast.

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Along with getting into specifics about the Bruins, Neely was asked about the success of the franchise and if he's looked at other teams in Boston like the Patriots and Red Sox when it comes to making roster decisions.

Neely said he has looked at the way Bill Belichick and the Patriots have approached some hard decisions with players.

“Obviously different sports, but you do look at it and say, ‘How does he handle certain players at certain ages?’ They have made a lot of hard decisions and moved on from players who have had success in that organization," he said. "Sometimes they are not going to be popular decisions, but if you think it is the right decision to make for your club, you have to make them. I think that is what he does really well.”

The Red Sox went the other way in 2011 by perhaps keeping players longer than they should have.

“There’s no question you end up falling in love with your players when you have success, so you have to take the emotion out of it and say, ‘OK, what is best for the club?’ They are hard decisions because they are humans, they have families, they have lives and you recognize all that, especially with Milan (Lucic). He loved being a Boston Bruin and he loved living in Boston," Neely said. "He loved playing here. That was a very difficult decision for us, but we felt it was the right one to make.”

All four Boston sports teams have great relationships and do what they can for one another. The most recent example was Belichick speaking with Bruce Cassidy during the playoffs last year about how to handle a long break.

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