Breaking: Bruins relieve GM Peter Chiarelli and scouts of their duties
In what has already been a crazy news day in Boston with the Aaron Hernandez trial, the Bruins made a splash of their own.
After nine years at the helm (starting in 2006-07), the Black and Gold have relieved Peter Chiarelli of his duties as the team’s General Manager.
Chiarelli was brought in during the summer of 2006 after serving as the assistant General Manager for the Ottawa Senators. His track record of maneuvering around the salary cap and acquiring some key assets like Andrew Ference, Shawn Thornton, Dennis Seidenberg, Nathan Horton, Johnny Boychuk and several others helped B’s earn their first Stanley Cup triumph in 39 years.
His loyality was also shown when he signed key cogs like Patrice Bergeron, Tuukka Rask and Zdeno Chara to multi-year contract extensions. At the same time, he also was too loyal to third and fourth liners like Gregory Campbell, Chris Kelly, Daniel Paille and countless others by signing them to questionable extensions. That, combined with the questionable trades of Boychuk and Tyler Seguin in the last couple of years, ultimately led to the Bruins’ front office making this decision.
Just a couple of hours later, the Bruins also announced the firings of three scouts: Mike Chiarelli (Peter’s brother), Denis Leblanc and head European scout Jukka Holtari.
Executive Officer Charlie Jacobs and President Cam Neely will be speaking at 3 pm on Wednesday at TD Garden regarding their decision. Both will spearhead the process of hiring Chiarelli’s replacement.