BOSTON (CBS) – The Boston Bruins and GM Peter Chiarelli have agreed to a four-year contract extension, Bruins President Cam Neely announced Thursday.
Chiarelli’s extension runs through the 2017-18 season. In addition to his General Manager duties, Chiarelli will also continue serving as an Alternate Governor on the NHL’s Board of Governors.
“We want to compete for the Stanley Cup every year. It’s my mandate, my charge to do that,” Chiarelli said on Friday.
Chiarelli took over as general manager prior to the 2006-07 season. His tenure got off to a shaky start after the hiring of Dave Lewis as head coach, but since Chiarelli brought in Claude Julien the Bruins have made it to the playoffs in each of the last six seasons.
During the regular season, Chiarelli has amassed a 291-187-62 record (.596 win percentage). In his tenure, the Bruins have had five 90-plus point seasons, including three 100+ point campaigns.
The duo of Chiarelli and Julien led the Bruins to a Stanley Cup Championship in 2011, and another Cup appearance last season. After the Bruins fell to the Chicago Blackhawks in the finals in June Bruins president Cam Neely said locking up Chiarelli was a priority for the team.
“We’ve made the postseason the last six years, and one of the things we talk about here, being a Boston Bruin is not just making the postseason, but competing for a Stanley Cup,” Neely said Friday. “We’ve been to the finals twice, won in 2011, and Pete’s done a really good job of keeping our core group together, identifying the core group, making sure we lock them up. He’s done a really good job of understanding the type of player our fan base really enjoys watching.”