Posts Tagged ‘Peter Chiarelli’

Boston Bruins part with elite players to become NHL’s best team

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Peter Chiarelli has established a clear team-first, winning culture with the Boston Bruins.

Peter Chiarelli has established a clear team-first, winning culture with the Boston Bruins. (Steven Senne/AP)

By Allan Muir

As I was watching the Boston Bruins methodically dispose of the Buffalo Sabres on Saturday afternoon to clinch the Presidents’ Trophy for the league’s best record, a thought came to mind: This is a team that, over the past four years, has dealt away two young players who went on to become superstars with their new clubs…and the Bruins are somehow better for it.

And then a second thought: Peter Chiarelli is the most fearless, and possibly the best, general manager in hockey.

It was Chiarelli who determined that Phil Kessel, the fifth overall pick in the 2006 draft and a 36-goal scorer in just his third NHL season, didn’t fit with his vision for the team. And so he dealt the 21-year-old to Toronto for a handful of magic beans, one of which he turned into Tyler Seguin.

Seguin came in and helped the Bruins win a Cup in 2011, but it wasn’t long before he also proved to be an ill-fitting piece. Whether it was immaturity off the ice, his style on it or simply an exploding contract that didn’t fit well under the contracting cap, he was deemed expendable and shipped to Dallas for veteran Loui Eriksson and another handful of prospects.

Both Kessel and Seguin scored a career-high 37 goals this season, tied for fifth overall in the league. Kessel stands sixth in the overall scoring race with 80 points, tops on the Leafs and an new personal best. Seguin was arguably the breakthrough player of the year, his 84 points trailing just Sidney Crosby and Ryan Getzlaf.

Both have established themselves as impact players whose absence would severely cripple their new teams…and yet the Bruins didn’t simply survive their loss. They actually got better.

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  • Published On Apr 12, 2014
  • Signing GM Peter Chiarelli is Boston’s best summer move

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    Boston Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli

    The Bruins will have GM Peter Chiarelli’s steady hand to guide them through 2017-18. (Steven Senne/AP)

    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.

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  • Published On Aug 29, 2013
  • Boston Bruins need more speed, scoring touch to contend in 2013-14

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    Patrice Bergeron will be back with a long-term deal, but the Bruins have upgrades to make. (Getty Images)

    Patrice Bergeron will be back with a long-term deal, but the Bruins have some upgrades to make. (Getty Images)

    By Allan Muir

    The sting of Monday night’s bitter Game 6 loss hasn’t begun to subside, but the front office staff of the Boston Bruins doesn’t have the luxury of waiting around until everyone gets over it. As well their team performed en route to 14 playoff victories, the B’s still came up short in the end. They were a little too slow. They didn’t have enough finish. They’re lost their cool. And that means changes are coming for an organization that wants to be the best.

    There’s not a lot of sex appeal to any of the options they have at hand, but given the restraints that Boston faces under a diminished $64.3 million salary cap, the quiet potential of some long-simmering prospects offers their only real chance to get back to the Cup final in 2014.

    CAZENEUVE: What next for Blackhawks and Bruins?

    The Bruins have eight of their top-12 forwards under contract through the end of the 2014-15 season. Patrice Bergeron, who can become a UFA next summer, is expected to sign a long, lucrative deal over the next few weeks that will carry him into the golden years of his career in Boston. That makes nine. Shawn Thornton was reduced to spare part status in the Cup final when the injury to Gregory Campbell dissolved the fourth line, but he could be given a short-term extension as well to carry him past next summer.

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  • Published On Jun 25, 2013
  • What now for the Bruins as Penguins keep beating them to the trade punch?

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    Peter Chiarelli: What’s a guy gotta do to get some help around here? (Photo by Steven Senne/AP)

    By Allan Muir

    Peter Chiarelli has to be feeling a bit like Mary Ann Summers this morning.

    Summers, of course, was the beautiful, charming young castaway stranded on a desert island with one other eligible woman…who just happened to be the world’s most beautiful movie star.

    It didn’t take her long to get comfortable with the First Runner-Up sash. Looks like Chiarelli’s getting used to it, as well.

    Twice in the last week, the GM of the 2011 Stanley Cup champion Boston Bruins has put an offer on the table for a player he hoped would help his team raise another banner in 2013. And twice he could do nothing but watch as Pittsburgh GM Ray Shero — the Ginger Grant of the NHL — stole those players away with a wink and a smile.

    Didn’t matter that Chiarelli offered more substance. Shero dangles the sizzle of skating alongside Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin while working for owner Mario Lemieux. Who can resist?

    Hey, the heart wants what it wants, right?

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  • Published On Mar 28, 2013


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