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Wednesday, 15 April 2015 16:01

Updated: Peter Chiarelli Out As Bruins General Manager, Julien Could Be Next

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Boston Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli was relieved of his duties on Wednesday morning by team President Cam Neely.

Chiarelli has been with the organization for nine seasons, with the team missing the playoffs this year for the first time since the 2006-07 season.  He was hired as the Bruins' seventh general manager on May 26, 2006, and led the team to its first Stanley Cup championship in 40 years in 2011.  The team also made a trip to the Finals in 2013, and won the President's Cup for most points in the NHL last season.

Chiarelli was also an Assistant General Manager on Team Canada during the Winter Olympics last year, earning a Gold Medal in Sochi, Russia.

"We are grateful for Peter's service to the Bruins organization over the last nine seasons," said Neely.  "His efforts undoubtedly helped the team achieve great success during his tenure and he helped restore the proud tradition of Boston Bruins hockey.  We ultimately feel that this change is necessary in order to ensure sustainable success for the club both in the short term and the long term."

The Bruins entered the 2014-15 season as a contender to make another run at a title, but questionable moves and contracts hampered the team's chances from the beginning of the year.  The Bruins missed the playoffs on the last day of the regular season, with a three-game losing streak to close the year leaving them two points behind Pittsburgh for the final Wild Card spot in the Eastern Conference.  Chiarelli, along with head coach Claude Julien, was on the hot seat throughout the team's struggles, with the general manager's firing the first chip to fall in a long offseason for the Bruins.

Later in the afternoon, owner Jeremy Jacobs released a brief statement, expressing his thoughts on the firing of Chiarelli.

"Peter Chiarelli has done a tremendous job for the Boston Bruins over the last nine seasons," said Jacobs.  "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 Charlie 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."

At a press conference held Wednesday afternoon, Neely addressed the current status of Julien, whose future with the team is still up in the air.

"We met with Claude, Charlie (Jacobs) and I, we told him we really believe that once we go through the exhaustive search for the next general manager, we will leave it up to that GM to decide what he wants to do with our coaching staff.  Claude certainly understood that, and that's where we left it."

Julien signed a multi-year contract extension during the season with the Bruins.  He has been with the B's since the 2007-08 season, and this is the first time in his coaching tenure in Boston that his team failed to make an appearance in the postseason.  His coaching style was questioned throughout the season, and Julien seemed to take a parting shot at Chiarelli's moves during the last weekend of the regular season.

The Bruins also announced at the press conference that they have fired three amateur scouts.  Mike Chiarelli, brother of Peter, was responsible for scouting prospects in Ontario, Canada, Denis Leblanc was responsible for scouting out of Quebec, Canada, and Jukka Holtari was an scout in Europe.  Both Leblanc and Holtari had spent the last eight seasons with the Bruins, while Mike Chiarelli worked with Boston for seven seasons.

Adam Belue

My name is Adam Belue, I'm from Fall River, MA, and I'm a sports fanatic.  I'll watch and write about just about any and every sport, even the fringe ones that aren't really sports like bowling, poker, and ultimate frisbee.  I'm a huge Green Bay Packers fan, and a self-proclaimed New England Patriots hater (and proud of it!)... which makes my job in a sporting goods store quite interesting.  I'm a big fan of the other local teams (Bruins, Red Sox, and Celtics), along with the Alabama Crimson Tide and college football as a whole.  I may be a bit obsessed (or a lot obsessed) with Taylor Swift, and I've seen her in concert four times so far... some of the best times I've had by the way her concerts are quite the experience!  I'm also a huge tennis fan, and have played the sport for a good majority of my life.  I wish more people watched and appreciated tennis.  I'm currently a part of the Boston Bruins and Boston Red Sox Beat Team on CLNS Radio, and post a weekly fantasy football and college football column during the season.