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Charlie Jacobs: "We...need to be grittier."

by John Bishop / Boston Bruins
John Bishop is the beat writer for He covers the Black & Gold hoping to offer a positive look at the team, not only from the stands and the press box, but also from inside the locker room. A graduate of Boston U. and Northeastern, 'Bish' grew up in Connecticut and moved to the Hub of Hockey in 1993. Since then he has made all four rinks at the Beanpot schools, as well as both Gardens, his icebound homes away from home. Prior to joining the TD Banknorth Garden staff in 2005, Bishop had written for several publications, with his primary focus being college hockey. He coauthored the book Bygone Boston in 2003 and hopes someday to pen a bio of Hobey Baker.
"It is entirely Peter's selection," said Executive VP Charlie Jacobs of the Bruins search for a head coach. "And I think that's the way it should be."

Speaking at the same media availability as General Manager Peter Chiarelli, Jacobs reiterated that Bruins ownership remains confident in their GM.

"There will be no second-guessing of his next selection," said Jacobs. "I know this will work. I have faith that Peter will make it work and, by all means, we are 100% behind him."

And the search continues, contrary to published reports that had press conferences as imminent, the Bruins have none planned as of Tuesday morning.

"We are charged with finding a coach," said Jacobs. "And Peter is charged with doing that and I am sure that we are going to feel very good about it once (the new coach) comes on board."

Later, when speaking to ESPN 890, Jacobs was asked what he expected, in terms of traits, in his new bench boss.

"As I have said many times, and will say again, selecting the coach is the general manager's job," said Jacobs. "He should look for the attributes that he wants his team to reflect and find a coach to best influence that.

"Before this person is tendered an offer I would meet him, but, by no means, is it my final say -- or anybody in Buffalo or Harry (Sinden).

"This is Peter's hire," he said.

Jacobs, like Chiarelli and Bruins fans in general, want the club to be harder to play against.

"We are not going to take anything but a winning season," said the Executive VP. "We are not going to accept anything else.

"We need a pair of gentlemen who will take us to the Promised Land."

Asked, as an executive, what kind of team he envisions, Charlie was quick to answer "a winning team" but beyond that reiterated that he, like all fans of the Black & Gold, expected that Bruins tradition be upheld.

"We…should be grittier," said Jacobs. "We've heard that word a lot today (in terms of) being tougher to play against.

"The Bruins, last year, were a bit of an easy team to play against. Opposing teams would come in here and say 'This'll be an easy night.'

"We absolutely do not want that to happen again," he said.

And it is time to turn the page.

"Listen, people talk about the past glory days of the Bruins," said Jacobs. "And being a Bostonian I have great respect for those teams. But we have to understand that the National Hockey League has changed drastically since those teams prevailed.

"If you look at the teams that are really succeeding today, with the new rules, the smaller goalie equipment and the larger offensive zone, the no two-line offsides -- it's faster, it's harder to play and the guys are bigger.

"So, of course we'd love to take the folklore of the Big Bad Bruins, the Lunchpail Gang, and somehow apply that to 2007 (era) speedy, entertaining, shifty players that can score goals, with great goaltending and a solid defense.

"Now what…that translates into is a winning team that, of course, is very exciting to watch and really physical.

"And I expect our Bruins to be there."
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