Dave Sandford/NHLI via Getty Images(BOSTON) — After failing to make the playoffs, the Boston Bruins fired general manager Peter Chiarelli on Wednesday.
Chiarelli had been the Bruins’ GM since May 2006 and compiled a team that reached the post season in seven straight years. Over his tenure, Chiarelli also earned a Stanley Cup title in 2011, reached a Cup final in 2013, and a President’s Trophy in 2013-14.
“We believe that we made the decision moving forward to help improve the hockey club,” Bruins president Cam Neely said during a press conference Wednesday. “I don’t want to take away anything that Peter accomplished here; he’s going to go down in history as the GM that brought the Stanley Cup to Boston for the first time in 39 years, so that says a lot about his abilities as a general manager.
“But we just felt — and it’s not just this particular year, not making the playoffs — we just felt, moving forward, it was the best thing for us to do. It was not an easy decision to come to — [we had] a lot of conversations about it — but we felt that it was the best thing to do moving forward.”
The Bruins finished the 2014-15 season with a 41-27-14 record, two points away from a playoff berth.
“Peter Chiarelli has done a tremendous job for the Boston Bruins over the last nine seasons,” Bruins owner Jeremy Jacobs said in a statement. “During that time I have come to know and like him, both professionally and personally. This decision was not an easy one for Cam and (team CEO) Charlie (Jacobs) but, ultimately, the right one for this organization. They have my full support in this decision. I know Peter will move on and continue to do great things in the league and I would give him my highest recommendation.”
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