The Boston Bruins have fired general manager Peter Chiarelli. No word yet as to his potential successor.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Over a month ago I wrote the Bruins shouldn’t be hasty in firing Chiarelli, acknowledging his recent mistakes but also pointing out how he built the club into a champion and a perennial Cup contender. Given his accomplishments in such a short period, I believed that he deserved an opportunity to turn things around with the Bruins.
But instead, in a knee-jerk reaction, the Bruins ownership fired him only one year after they won the President’s Trophy as the top regular season team, two years after they reached the Stanley Cup Final and four years after winning their first championship in nearly 40 years.
This could be a big mistake by the Bruins brain trust. It’s the sort of move which calls into question the ownership’s patience and character. It’s also the sort of move a team can end up regretting.
As for Chiarelli, I doubt he’ll be unemployed for long. Several teams will be looking for an experienced general manager with a championship on his resume. A certain club in Southern Ontario could come calling.