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Bruins sign GM Chiarelli to four-year extension

Aug 29, 2013, 3:09 PM EDT

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There’s no point in fixing something that’s not broken and that’s just what the Bruins are doing.

The team announced they’ve signed general manager Peter Chiarelli to a four-year extension to stay with the organization through the 2017-18 season. He’ll also be the team’s Alternate Governor.

Since Chiarelli took over as GM of the Bruins back in 2006, they’ve made the playoffs in six straight seasons including winning the Stanley Cup in 2011, the team’s first since 1972. Getting a team to the postseason in six of your seven seasons at the helm sounds like a success to me.

He’s spent this summer finding ways to re-work the Bruins roster by shipping out Tyler Seguin and Rich Peverley for Loui Eriksson and signing Jarome Iginla. His time in Boston has seen its share of ups (Cup win) and downs (Tim Thomas and Marc Savard for very different reasons) but the Bruins have yet to crumble under the drama. That says a lot for the job both he and coach Claude Julien have done there.

Chiarelli has done well enough in his job with the Bruins to earn a spot on Team Canada’s executive staff to choose the 2014 Olympic team serving under Lightning GM Steve Yzerman.

  1. amityvillefun - Aug 29, 2013 at 3:16 PM

    Congrats to Peter Chiarelli. This guy has done so much to bring the Bruins back to being a respected Boston franchise! Glad to see the brains behind the upswing signed for four more years.

    Keep up the good work, Bruins Nation thanks you!

    • spitfisher - Aug 29, 2013 at 3:53 PM

      PC really hasn’t done anything, look at record of draft picks and signings- most if not all were not on his watch- good guy and I think he has some business sense. But the only two signings that he could call his own is sequin and Hamilton, one is gone and the other was benched for last years playoffs.

      • hockeyflow33 - Aug 29, 2013 at 4:58 PM

        You mean the horrible track record they have drafting and developing young talent under him should be his fault?


      • madtolive5 - Aug 30, 2013 at 9:33 AM

        Why don’t you just paste Felger’s quotes instead of trying to pass them off as your own.
        He has done an extremely good job as a GM, he has had some bad/okay drafts in down draft years and probably would have been fired if he did not draft Seguin with the second pick.

        This guy has brought in Seidenberg, Chara (signed a week after he was officially hired), Horton, Recchi, Campbell, Thornton, Savard, Kelly, Peverly, Pallie, Boychuck, McQuaid, Ferrence and cleaned up the terrible mess Mike O’Connell left by trading their best player for nothing.

        so yes PC has done nothing…..

      • Lupy Nazty Philthy - Aug 31, 2013 at 12:23 AM

        Are you serious? Feel free to perform your recommendation.
        “PC really hasn’t done anything, look at record of draft picks and signings”

        His very first year alone, Chiarelli drafted Phil Kessel, Milan Lucic, Brad Marchand and Andrew Bodnarchuk.

        Two of his first signings as GM were Zdeno Chara and Marc Savard. He picked up Michael Ryder and Blake Wheeler as UFAs in 2008,

        Got Tuukka Rask for Andrew Raycroft. Got Mark Recchi and a 2nd round pick for career AHLers. He used that 2nd round pick and more AHLers to get Seidenberg. The year they won the cup, he picked up Nathan Horton, Greg Campbell, Rich Peverley, Chris Kelly… to name a few.

        The only guys he inherited with the job that were on the cup winning team were Patrice Bergeron and Tim Thomas. Great players, but 18 players short of being a cup contending TEAM.

    • freneticgarfieldfan - Aug 29, 2013 at 3:54 PM

      “Bruins Nation” – really? Doesn’t sound too witty to me.

      • hockeyflow33 - Aug 29, 2013 at 4:58 PM

        It’s something the pink hats call themselves.

  2. thecheeman - Aug 29, 2013 at 3:49 PM

    Must make Tyler Seguin feel good.

  3. 19to77 - Aug 29, 2013 at 3:57 PM

    He turned Kessel into Seguin, Knight and Hamilton, and when Seguin didn’t pan out, he flipped him for Eriksson and Joe Morrow and dumped Peverly’s contract too. He wisely let Horton go (great player, but his contract expectations were way too high) while keeping the vast majority of the core team together. He’s been effective at the draft and boasts an unusually talented pipeline for a top-5 team, especially at D with Hamilton, Bartkowski, Morrow and Krug. Yeah, he got fleeced by Toronto in the Kaberle deal, but even then, Kaberle still led the defense in playoff points the year they won the Cup.

    Long story short, Chiarelli’s the kind of guy you build an organization around. He doesn’t just assemble good team for a glory run, he builds a good team and makes sure its future is bright for years. He’s like Ken Holland – a very astute long-term builder.

    • amityvillefun - Aug 29, 2013 at 4:47 PM

      Amen 19 to 77!

    • hockeyflow33 - Aug 29, 2013 at 5:00 PM

      I’m not sure trading an elite goal scorer for unproven talent and guys you have given up on is a good thing. His track record at the draft has actually been quite terrible.

      He’s done very well with his free agent signings but the draft/development thing will be a big issue in a few years.

      • shaundre93 - Sep 3, 2013 at 12:34 PM

        First off, all of your comments make you sound totally jealous of the bruins. Second, initially his drafting wasnt good, caron could still pan out and im not sure if PC was responsible for Hamil, but since then he’s done very well IMO. You’re only pointing out the bad, refusing to point out hes recently drafted hamilton, jared knight, ryan spooner, alex khokolachev, anthony camara, malcolm subban. Its not all about the sexy pics its about getting players who can supplement your team through the years and the bruins have plenty of those players. Add to that acquiring young players like fraser, smith, morrow, krug, bartkowski in the last few years. How exactly is their young talent an issue? 5+ NHL ready players under age 24 not in the lineup aint too shabby

      • hockeyflow33 - Sep 3, 2013 at 4:40 PM

        Well seeing as how I’m in Boston, I’m not sure how I’m jealous of my own team but okay.

        None of those picks have panned out yet. Hamilton, Krug and Barts will all get their chance this year with a full season ahead. Of their own proven guys, only Krecji and Marchand have spent time developing in the minors.

        Not saying he’s terrible but their development system is a mess with the amount of non-NHLers they draft.

  4. amityvillefun - Aug 29, 2013 at 4:43 PM

    Bruins “Nation” (for lack of a better term “Garfieldfan” – lol) had to deal with so much heartbreak and BS in the “Sinden Era” that Chiarelli has been a godsend to Bruins fans. Hasn’t done much? Really?

    The Bruins are in the top echelon of the NHL, due largely to his management of the team! Yeah, winning the Cup in 2011 and being right back in the finals last season is an obvious sign of ineptitude… 😉 Steve Yzerman obviously asked him to join his staff because THE GUY KNOWS HOW TO BUILD A WINNER.

    As for the Seguin deal, well, time will tell. But Eriksson is looking like a solid addition who can help NOW, not when he’s done chasing skirts and drinking. Nor does his mommy have to defend him in the press. As for Hamilton; it was his rookie season. I’m pretty sure Hamilton will prove his worth in Boston soon enough.

    • spitfisher - Aug 29, 2013 at 5:34 PM

      Again if you look at the core of the bruins players that make them a top notch team today, they were all here before PC feet at the tarmac at logan airport.

      Trading away a top proven goal scorer for draft picks,(Kesssel) is not rocket science- especially with a team up against the cap at the time. READ: the bruins had their hands tied and couldn’t sign Kessel even if they wanted to, Next they got draft picks, which eventually turned out to be sequin- who is now gone, Hamilton still in development.

      My point is PC is a good GM and Neely is a good VP,they work well together, but the misconception out there that PC miraculously brought the cup to Boston is a fable.

      Mike 0″Connel had more to do with the cup than Cherelli

      • onearmdragon - Aug 29, 2013 at 6:38 PM

        “Mike 0″Connell had more to do with the cup than Cherelli”

        Like trading Jumbo Joe for Strum, Brad Stuart, and Wayne Primeau?

        Granted the drafts haven’t been great, especially 2007-09, point made there.

        Didn’t stop the Bruins from winning the Cup in 2011, and getting back in 2013. When is the impending doom of those drafts going to hit? 8 or 10 years after? By your reasoning the Bruins should be screwed right now, as opposed to the reality that Boston has 2 great lines 5/6 locked up, Rask in net forever (Subban?), and a young core of emerging Dmen like Krug and Bartkowski. And oh yeah, Chara.

        Trades and free agents of note to help win the Cup:
        Boychuk, Seidenberg, Recchi, Ryder, Campbell and Horton

        Horton was traded with Greg Campbell for Widemen. I’ll let that linger, Widemen.

        He’s much better than a good GM. His team is a constant contender and in great shape for the next 3 years minimum. Cherrelli is an elite GM. He’s won the Cup, made the playoffs 6/7 years, been to another final.

        Your welcome to your opinion, but you lost all credibility with that O’Connell line.

      • Lupy Nazty Philthy - Aug 31, 2013 at 12:27 AM

        The ONLY player on the current Bruins team that was here before Chiarelli is Patrice Bergeron. When they won the cup, Tim Thomas was the only other player from before PC.

  5. bruinsfan19 - Aug 30, 2013 at 7:58 PM

    PC is one of the Best GM’s in the league. He brought the Bruins from ground up basically. When he got here they were brutal. He’s made the playoffs 6 times in 7 years so far and he won the cup and 2 trips to the finals. That should say it all.

  6. nhstateline - Aug 31, 2013 at 7:42 PM

    Dave Lewis was the worst NHL head coach I’ve ever seen…..and this guy hired him. Then he had the stones to go to ownership a year in and ask for the leeway to fire him so he could hire Claude Julien. I have not been a fan of everything Claude has done in game but it’s hard to argue with the record. They’ve been in the playoffs every single year and the Cup final twice, winning once. The draft record is bad but the fa/trade record is good. All in all, very well deserved and, as a Bruin fan, I was thrilled to hear him say that they goal is to win the Cup every year. For too long around here, the goal was to end up in the black every year regardless of the outcome on the ice. This is better and PC and Claude are primarily responsible for producing this for the Bruins. Good Signing.

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