BOSTON (CBS) — The Boston Bruins’ general manager job has been vacant since Peter Chiarelli was fired on April 15. The process to hire his replacement is reportedly moving on to the next step.

The Bruins are moving on the second round of interviews, with four candidates still in the running, according to ESPN.com’s Joe McDonald.

The only candidate who is definitely in that group, according to McDonald, is current Bruins assistant GM Don Sweeney. The former defenseman played 15 seasons for the Bruins, from 1988-2003, and he’s worked in Bruins management since 2006.

Former Penguins GM Ray Shero, as well as former Bruins assistant GM and current Rangers assistant GM Jeff Gorton, who helped run the Bruins as the interim GM before Peter Chiarelli was allowed to take over in 2006. Though it’s unclear how much power Gorton had in the decision-making, he was at the helm when the team traded Andrew Raycroft for Tuukka Rask and also when the team drafted Phil Kessel, Milan Lucic and Brad Marchand.

UPDATE: The New York Post reports that Rangers general manager Glen Sather will not grant permission for the Bruins to speak to Gorton while the Rangers are still alive in the playoffs. “And there’s a question whether I would, anyway, after it’s over,” Sather added.

UPDATE Part 2: Shero has been named general manager of the Devils. That, quite obviously, excludes him from the running for the Bruins job.

Whoever ends up getting the job, the high demands were made very clear this past season. Despite Chiarelli’s highly regarded reputation around the NHL, and despite the Bruins making the playoffs for seven straight years, the GM was fired after the team failed to reach the postseason for the first time since 2007.

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