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Following playoff exit, president Cam Neely still bullish on Bruins' future as Cup contenders

  • Boston Bruins president Cam Neely, right, smiles as leaves with team owner Jeremy Jacobs after a news conference in Boston, Tuesday, May 20, 2014. The Bruins were eliminated from the NHL hockey playoffs by the Montreal Canadiens. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

    Boston Bruins president Cam Neely, right, smiles as leaves with team owner Jeremy Jacobs after a news conference in Boston, Tuesday, May 20, 2014. The Bruins were eliminated from the NHL hockey playoffs by the Montreal Canadiens. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)  (The Associated Press)

  • Boston Bruins owner Jeremy Jacobs, center, listens to a reporter's question during a news conference in Boston, Tuesday, May 20, 2014. The Bruins were eliminated from the NHL hockey playoffs by the Montreal Canadiens.  At left is Jeremy's son Charlie Jacobs, principal of Delaware North Companies, Inc. and the Boston Bruins and at right is Cam Neely, Bruins president. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

    Boston Bruins owner Jeremy Jacobs, center, listens to a reporter's question during a news conference in Boston, Tuesday, May 20, 2014. The Bruins were eliminated from the NHL hockey playoffs by the Montreal Canadiens. At left is Jeremy's son Charlie Jacobs, principal of Delaware North Companies, Inc. and the Boston Bruins and at right is Cam Neely, Bruins president. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)  (The Associated Press)

  • Boston Bruins owner Jeremy Jacobs listens to a reporter's question during a news conference in Boston, Tuesday, May 20, 2014. The Bruins were eliminated from the NHL hockey playoffs by the Montreal Canadiens. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

    Boston Bruins owner Jeremy Jacobs listens to a reporter's question during a news conference in Boston, Tuesday, May 20, 2014. The Bruins were eliminated from the NHL hockey playoffs by the Montreal Canadiens. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)  (The Associated Press)

Cam Neely says the Bruins are still set up to contend for the Stanley Cup for years to come.

Speaking at a news conference a week after Boston was eliminated from the playoffs by archrival Montreal, the Bruins' president noted that most of the roster is made up of young but experienced players — aside from 37-year-old Zdeno Chara.

Neely says that "Zdeno is still, in my opinion, the best defender in the game," too.