The search for a new GM begins immediately, however, and that will be the job of Neely and chief executive officer Charlie Jacobs. The remainder of the front office staff is safe for the time being.
The Bruins were under Chiarelli for nine years and went 386-233-85, good for seventh in the National Hockey League in that time frame. Chiarelli was the seventh general manager in Bruins franchise history and was named to the post in May of 2006.
His team made it past the 100-point threshold four different times and had become one of the most formidable forces in the NHL, but they missed the post-season this year. Prior to this season’s misfire, the Bruins qualified for the playoffs seven straight times from 2008 to 2014. They won the Cup in 2011 and were back in the Final in 2013.
The 2014-2015 season was one to forget for Boston, though, and that’s likely what led Neely to this decision. There’s also the possibility that the team has started to take things for granted, which may speak to the need for a shakeup.
“I think because we’ve had so much success over the last couple of years maybe we took things for granted too much and I guess got a little too cocky at some points in this season,” Bruins forward Milan Lucic said on Monday. “And it ended up catching up to us.”
Boston had four five-game winning streaks in the season, but they also had two separate six-game winless streaks. They failed to win when it mattered most, like when they found themselves seven points up on Ottawa at the beginning of March but still managed to miss the playoffs. It came down to the wire, to two road games and two losses.
The Bruins struggled to find the scoreboard, with their leading scorer Patrice Bergeron registering a paltry 55 points. They made up for it defensively and goalie Tuukka Rask still enjoyed a good year, but it wasn’t enough.
So now it’s over for Chiarelli in Boston, just like it’s over for Dave Nonis in Toronto. Another one bites the dust.
“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.”