I joined the NEFHL in 2008 as the Philidelphia Flyers assistant GM. Before the start of the 2009-10 campaign I was appointed the new GM of the Boston Bruins a team that had won the Presidents Trophy the previous season but had a GM who didn't have much time to continue in a lead role (Eric Lavoie). My first season was pretty awesome, I finished the season with 99 points, won the NE Division and made it all the way to the NEFHL finals losing in 7 games to Drew and the LA Kings. It was a heartbreaking finish but the lessons learned from that summer run would prove to be a valuable experience.
The next season was another good one, we finished the season with 99 points again winning the NE Division. We did however suffer a first round defeat to the Canes who eventually went all the way to the finals only to lose the Flames in 7 games. After making such a strong push to contending the pool started to run a little dry as we ended up missing the playoffs for the 2011-12 season. We compounded the downward trajectory even further by choosing Radek Faksa over Morgan Rielly with the 9th overall pick in that summers draft.
The 2012-13 season involved missing the playoffs again. It was a dark time in beantown, the team was definitly on a downward trajectory and things were looking bleak. But two trades in early 2013 turned the team around, the additions of Jeff Carter from Washington and Vincent Lecavilier from San Jose. Both played integral parts of our rise from the ashes. We finished the 2013-14 regular season with 109 points on route to capturing our first NEFHL cup title. It was certainly a turnaround, a third NE Division title and second Eastern Conference championship.
The 2014-15 season was another atop the NE Division with 100 points. We made it to round 2 before falling to the eventual cup winning Ottawa Senators. Which brings me to this current season. Officially eliminated from playoff contention, poised to finish with 80 points. Overall my career regular season record sits at 288-234-52 with 4 NE Division titles. My playoff career record is 40-26 with 2 Eastern Conference Championships and 1 NEFHL Cup. Its been a volitile seven years in the NEFHL with the Bruins either being a top team poised to make noise or a non factor. The last time I missed the playoffs I spent another year in purgatory. My hope is that I can buck that trend and compete next season, the summer will determine that.
In the futures department, the team is thin. With no pick until the fourth round in this summers draft, we will need to find other ways to address holes. Number one priority this offseason will be adding depth up the middle. Number two is addressing the defence, a one time strength, now a glaring weakness. How we will address those holes remains to be seen. The UFA market looks semi strong with some decent names hitting free agency. But my strength has always been trades to compensate for a lack of prospect depth. Hopefully we can leverage some areas of strength, if not, another season outside looking in could be in the cards.