The Boston Bruins haven't won Lord Stanley's Cup in 37 years and one of the biggest reasons is the owner.
Jeremy Jacobs has owned the Bruins since 1975, and since then, the Bruins have yet to bring the Cup back to where it belongs.
Now there are many different reasons why the Bruins have yet to win the Cup for so long, but most Bruins fans pin the blame all on one man. Jacobs bought the Bruins for a mere $10 million in 1975 and now the Bs are listed as being worth $230 million.
Of course you could say he bought the team when they weren't so good so that's why they haven't won since he took over, but that just isn't the case. The Bruins were just three years removed from winning it all in 1972 and were one of the premier teams in the NHL.
They continued to be one of the best teams all throughout the '70s and early '80s. They did have a couple of down seasons in the mid '80s but would return to the Stanley Cup Finals in 1988 and 1990 but lost to the Edmonton Oilers both times.
The Bruins haven't returned to the Finals since and they began to falter in the late '90s, mostly due to the fact that they weren't willing to re-sign their big-time players.
This is the worst part about Jacobs. He owns a fortune between the Bruins and the fact that he owns the TD Garden where the Bruins and Celtics play, and he owns a large stake in NESN, the network that the Bruins play on.
Yet with all this money, Jacobs has been known as one of the greediest owners and worst penny pinchers in the game. One of the best examples of this is Bill Guerin. The Bruins signed Guerin in 2000 but he played just two years in Boston. He left after not coming to an agreement with the Bruins on a new contract. He stated that the Bruins didn't even talk to him and that he knew from day one that they would never re-sign him.
No Bruins fan can understand why Jacobs is not willing to ever re-sign top-notch players, especially considering how much money he has. Until he is willing to do this the Bruins will probably never win the Cup again.
Although I guess he does deserve some credit for spending money. While Jacobs might not be willing to spend money on big time players, he makes up for it by spending huge amounts of cash on guys that don't even come close to deserving it.
The best example of this was the signing of the Alexi Zhamnov. After having a decent career, the Bruins decided to sign Zhamnov, who was clearly on his way down, to a three-year $12.3 million contract. What happened? He played just one year in Boston before leaving the NHL.
The one good thing about Jacobs is that he is already 66 years old so he would seemingly be giving the club up within the next 10 years. Sadly his son is next in line for taking over ownership of the Bruins.
So basically what I'm trying to get at here is the Bruins will continue to find it hard to win with the Jacobs as owners of the Bruins, but lets all hope that eventually they will be able to break the Jeremy Jacobs curse and bring the Cup back to Boston.
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