According to a press release this morning, the Bruins have released General Manager Peter Chiarelli. Chiarelli has been the GM for 9 seasons with pretty good success, and he is known as a well respected guy around the league. In the meantime, the front office will begin their search for a new GM “immediately.” The fate of Claude Julien and the rest of the coaching staff will depend on whoever the new GM will be.
He’s always been a controversial guy. During his 9 year tenure, he undoubtedly took a train-wreck of a franchise and brought them to perennially one of the league’s top teams. Well, for the most part. On the plus side, he has 8 consecutive playoff appearances, President’s Trophy, 1 Stanley Cup win, another Cup appearance, and a very strong core. However, he has shown some serious cap mismanagement with the way he cap-strung this team’s ability to make moves and obviously Neely and the Jacobs’ didn’t take too kindly to the Bruins missing the playoffs. Rumors indicate that Don Sweeney will replace him as General Manager.
What do you think? Was he fired too quickly or does he deserve this? Who would you want to come be the GM?