Bruins sign Chiarelli to 4-year extension


Since taking the reigns as general manager of the Boston Bruins in 2006, Peter Chiarelli transformed what was once a laughable bunch into perennial Stanley Cup contenders. The Black and Gold have qualified for postseason play six out of the last seven seasons. Capturing one Cup amid two Finals appearances epitomizes the success he has had since arriving on Causeway Street via Ottawa.

The Bruins rewarded Chiarelli on Thursday, as they signed him to four-year contract extension. The deal will keep Chiarelli with Boston through the 2017-2018 campaign. He has one-year left on his current contract.

The financial details of the extension were not disclosed.

Chiarelli is more than deserving of such compensation considering Boston did end a 39-year championship drought in 2011 and it was in large due to his wheeling and dealing in acquiring Rich Peverley, Chris Kelly and Tomas Kaberle at the trading deadline that season. The Bruins went on to knock off the Canucks in seven games.

“He deserves it. He’s done a really good job here. He’s a good GM,” said Bruins president Cam Neely.

The dedication and countless hours logged by Chiarelli for the betterment of the team is seemingly unwavering. Boston has been one of the most successful franchises in the NHL over the past few years and it all starts from the top. Without Chiarelli supplying the brains behind the operation, the Bruins could still be stuck suffering through mediocrity.

The future of the Boston Bruins is bright. Chiarelli shows little hesitation in making the necessary moves and it showed in dealing away Tyler Seguin. He’s stockpiled young talent, while simultaneously locking up franchise players. His ability to weed out the performers from the pretenders is second to none. With Chiarelli leading the charge, look for the Bruins to remain atop the NHL for many years to come.

Frank O’Laughlin – Senior Contributor – TitleTown Sports Network

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