Jacobs, regarded as one of the most militant hard-line owners driving the lockout, appeared to blame the union for a deal not getting done sooner, saying it "should've and could've" been resolved quicker and characterized it as "disappointing."
Of the union, Jacobs said: "There was no expression of a desire to do a deal."
When asked to elaborate how a deal could have been brokered earlier -- the labor standoff lasted almost four months before an agreement was reached earlier this month -- Jacobs deflected blame onto the NHLPA.
"You'd really have to ask the other side on that," he said.
When asked if he felt that it was fair to say he blamed the union for the time lost as a result of the work stoppage, Jacobs declined to answer.
"I won't comment on that," he said.
It was an odd display for an owner who claimed to be enthused about the start of play and intent on "winning another Stanley Cup for Boston, New England and Bruins fans around the world."
Jacobs praised his partner in the process, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman, for his work on the deal and touted his leadership in reaching the 10-year agreement.
Jacobs admitted that, before the marathon session that ultimately ended the standoff, there was a legitimate fear among the owners that the season could have been scrapped entirely.
"If it hadn't happened when it did, the season would've been gone," he said.
Jacobs insisted that, as owner of a financially-strong, recent Cup-winning franchise, he had no intention of ever axing the season.
"I'm the last guy that wanted to shut this down," he said.
How did he feel he was characterized throughout the negotiation process?
"Being vilified, I don't think it's right, but what's my opinion in something like this?" he asked.
Jesus, the Bruins just don't shut up do they?
Edited by Markus Alexander Cody, 19 January 2013 - 05:33 PM.