Sporting News, via a 39-member panel of executives and coaches, has named Peter Chiarelli the NHL's Executive of the Year. Yesterday, Sporting News tabbed Claude Julien as Coach of the Year.
Last summer, Chiarelli signed Michael Ryder to a three-year, $12 million contract. At the trade deadline, he acquired Mark Recchi and Steve Montador. Chiarelli's team-building vision of a character-filled roster with a high compete level started to take shape last season, then blossomed in 2008-09, with the Bruins finishing atop the Eastern Conference.