Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli has spent the summer locking up key pieces for the team, giving long-term deals to center Patrice Bergeron and goaltender Tuukka Rask. Now he’ll have the same stability at the helm of the organization.
The team announced Thursday that Chiarelli, who has been the GM since May 2006, signed a four-year contract extension that will keep him on Causeway Street through the 2017-18 season. Chiarelli had one year remaining on his previous deal.
The Bruins have qualified for the playoffs each of the last six seasons, including two trips to the Stanley Cup Final, most recently this past spring when they lost in six games to the Blackhawks. In those six trips to the postseason, the Bruins are 50-35.
Chiarelli brought the Stanley Cup to Boston in 2011, when the Bruins beat the Vancouver Canucks for the title, ending a 39-year drought. Only two other general managers have brought Stanley Cups to Boston — Art Ross (1929, 1939, and 1941) and Milt Schmidt (1970 and 1972).
The Bruins are 291-187-62 (.596 winning percentage) during the regular season under Chiarelli. In 2008-09, the Bruins had a 53-19-4 record and 116 points, the third-best point total in team history. That led to The Sporting News naming Chiarelli NHL Executive of the Year.
Chiarelli just returned from Calgary, where he was part of the management team for Team Canada leading up to the Olympics in Sochi, Russia, in February. He also will continue to serve as an alternate governor on the NHL’s Board of Governors.
One of the few areas in which the Bruins have not been successful under Chiarelli is the draft. To try to correct that, the GM recently named Keith Gretzky as the Bruins’ director of amateur scouting. Chiarelli also hasn’t been afraid to make potentially controversial moves, shipping out top draft picks Phil Kessel and Tyler Seguin.
Before coming to the Bruins, the Harvard-educated Chiarelli worked for five years as the director of legal relations for the Ottawa Senators and for two as the team’s assistant GM.
Chiarelli is expected to hold a news conference with owner Jeremy Jacobs and team president Cam Neely Friday at TD Garden.