Julien/By S. Bradley

BOSTON — No one was expected Bruins president Cam Neely to bring out his hatchet during his end-of-year media conference at TD Garden Thursday and chop away everyone involved in Boston’s first-round flameout a week ago against Washington.

And in fact, Neely expressed confidence and approval when it came to the performance of his head coach and general manager.

Neely said that both Peter Chiarelli and Claude Julien have term left on their contracts, and then assessed their seasons this way:

“I thought they both did a great job this year. Claude’s a very good coach. And Peter’s a good general manager.

“There’s challenges at times with the way the cap is now, to try to make certain moves that you’d like to make. The trade deadline is a great example of that. The offseason, especially July 1, is a good example of … it’s a little more difficult with the cap that it used to be pre-cap.

“And I think Claude’s done a good job. I’ve seen Claude make some adjustments since he’s been here and I think it’s been a good thing. He communicates really well with his players; there’s no grey area. Which as a player, I think that’s fantastic, you shouldn’t have a grey area. And he’s done a really good job since he’s been here.”