By Allan Muir
Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli has made some franchise-altering decisions over the summer, but his best move of all looks like the one that will preserve the status quo.
Boston announced on Thursday that Chiarelli has signed a four-year extension that will keep him calling the shots for the club through the 2017-18 season.
The only thing the Bruins could have done that would have been better? Tying him down in perpetuity. If there are others who are better at the job than Chiarelli, you don’t need more than one hand to count ‘em.
Since joining the organization in 2006, Chiarelli has proved to be an astute judge of talent, a shrewd trader and a mindful conservator of the team’s finances. He’s also shown himself capable of making tough calls. He demonstrated that quality not only when he made the blockbuster deal last month that sent the franchise’s slightly tarnished golden boy, Tyler Seguin, to the Stars for a significant package headlined by Loui Eriksson, but also more recently when he cut ties with local favorite Andrew Ference.