One Cup is clearly not enough.
With a contract extension in hand, Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli met with the media Friday to discuss his new four-year contract extension, which will take him through the 2017-2018 season, and it was emphasized that his focus is on bringing more Stanley Cups to Boston.
“We want to compete for the Stanley Cup every year,” Chiarelli said. “It’s my mandate, my charge to do that. We have to be proactive in this cap world. We have to be aggressive.”
One of Chiarelli’s points of emphasis in the news conference was the need to get younger players on the ice. The general manager has already begun making moves toward that end, replacing his director of amateur scouting this summer. He said that it will be key to the organization to broaden the scope of amateur scouting going forward.
“It’s a challenge everybody has, but we’re certainly going to face it head-on,” Chiarelli said.
Charlie Jacobs said that the negotiation was a particularly easy one to complete. It will keep the general manager in Boston for five more years, including the final year remaining on his current deal.
“I feel very confident in the hockey minds that we have here running this franchise,” Jacobs said. “We see this as an asset that is really Boston’s, and we’re just here as stewards.”
In Chiarelli’s seven-year tenure, the Bruins have been to the postseason six consecutive times, including two trips to the Stanley Cup Final. The Bruins won the Cup in 2011 over the Canucks.
But when asked what he was most proud of in his time in Boston, Chiarelli didn’t hesitate: “Probably the single biggest thing was hiring Claude [Julien].”
With the move, the Bruins are getting a continued measure of stability. Chiarelli has already been with the organization for seven years, and now he has five more guaranteed on his contract. That’s important in building a winning team.
But there are also pitfalls with that.
“You have to continue to perform,” Chiarelli said. “You have to keep everybody on their toes. There’s stability, there’s strong leadership, but you have to keep everybody on their toes, especially in this cap world. You can be stable and proactive, and that’s what I’d like to think we do as a group.”