Chiarelli signs extension

General manager Peter Chiarelli has agreed to a multi-year extension, the Bruins announced this afternoon. Chiarelli would have entered the fourth and final season of his four-year contract in 2009-10. Chiarelli and principal Charlie Jacobs will comment on the extension tomorrow.

Chiarelli was honored by The Sporting News as the 2008-09 NHL Executive of the Year from a poll of his peers after the Bruins went 53-19-10 this past season, leading the Eastern Conference with 116 points and advancing to the conference semifinals for the first time since 1999.

Since being named general manager on May 26, 2006, Chiarelli has remade the club by acquiring Norris Trophy finalist Zdeno Chara, Marc Savard, Michael Ryder, Shawn Thornton, Blake Wheeler and Stephane Yelle through free agency; Manny Fernandez, Andrew Ference,
Shane Hnidy, Chuck Kobasew, Steve Montador, Mark Recchi, Aaron Ward and Dennis Wideman through trades; and extending the contracts of Vezina Trophy finalist Tim Thomas, Patrice Bergeron, Kobasew, David Krejci, Mark Stuart, Marco Sturm, Ward and Wideman. He also oversaw the development of the club’s younger talent, including Byron Bitz, Matt
Hunwick, Phil Kessel, Krejci, Milan Lucic and Stuart.

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Chiarelli also was responsible for hiring current Bruins coach Claude Julien, who has amassed a 94-48-22 record in two seasons with the Bruins.

Before joining the Bruins, Chiarelli spent seven seasons with the Ottawa Senators, five as their director of legal relations and two as assistant general manager. A native of Ottawa, Ontario Chiarelli played four seasons of college hockey at Harvard University, where he served as the team’s captain. He had 21 goals and 28 assists for 49 points in 109 collegiate games and earned his degree in economics in 1987.

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