Cam Neely suggests Bruins could target top-six forward in ‘immediate future'


Cam Neely is well aware of the Bruins' reality: After dropping Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final to the St. Louis Blues, Boston's talented veteran core has just one championship on its résumé.

"We didn't win the last game, so we weren't good enough," the Bruins president said during a press conference Tuesday at TD Garden. " ... We can certainly try to enjoy the year even though it's difficult when you don't win that last game. Especially Game 7 to win it all; it's heartbreaking, really."

So, can the B's get back to the Cup Final to give Zdeno Chara, Patrice Bergeron, David Krejci, Brad Marchand and Tuukka Rask -- all of whom are north of 30 -- another crack at a championship after losing in 2013 and 2019? That's Neely's goal, although he knows the window is closing.

"When we hired (general manager) Don (Sweeney), that was certainly a conversation about, 'How do we take this core that won in 2011 and give them another opportunity to win while they're still somewhat in their prime?' And we still look at it that way.

"We know our players are now one year older, and we're another year removed from winning in '11. ... We still think that they've got some good hockey left in them, but we certainly know it's winding down, so to speak."

In laying out the Bruins' wish list for the 2019 offseason, Neely suggested a top forward to bolster Boston's core is a top priority.

"I know it’s been talked about at length about another top-six forward, so we’ll see where that ends up," Neely said. "We’re obviously going to need to have some strong centermen coming through the system, as we talked about with where Krejci and Bergeron are." 

Outside those needs, though, Neely seemed confident in a deep group that came within 60 minutes of a Stanley Cup title.

"Our back end, I’m pretty comfortable obviously with [Brandon] Carlo, [Charlie] McAvoy. [Matt] Grzelcyk played really well for us this year. Torey [Krug] had a strong year. You know, obviously Zdeno’s another year older, but we’ve got a couple good, young lefthanded prospects coming. And I think our bottom six was pretty strong this year.

"So, if we can strengthen in the immediate future our top six, you know, that’s something we’d like to try and do. We've talked about that for a couple years now."

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