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Boston Bruins fire general manager Peter Chiarelli

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Boston Bruins fire general manager Peter Chiarelli

The Boston Bruins fired general manager Peter Chiarelli Wednesday, four days after the team missed the playoffs. The team said a search for a successor will begin immediately. No interim was named, and the rest of the Bruins staff, including coach Claude Julien, remains in place.635646925285021694-peter-chiarelli-4-15

Assistant GM Don Sweeney has been considered general manager material. Chiarelli joined the Bruins in 2006 after a stint as Ottawa Senators assistant general manager, and one of his first actions was signing defenseman Zdeno Chara, a former Senator, as a free agent. Chara was a key player as the Bruins won the Stanley Cup in 2011, went to the Final in 2013 and won the Presidents’ Trophy in 2013-14.

Chiarelli also locked in key players Tuukka Rask, Patrice Bergeron and David Krejci long term in recent years. But the Bruins got into salary cap trouble this season and were forced to trade Johnny Boychuk to the New York Islanders after training camp.

His absence was keenly felt during the season and helped the Islanders’ rise. The Bruins also were hurt by an injury to Krejci. They missed the playoffs on the final day of the season. Though Chiarelli was able to re-sign youngsters Reilly Smith and Torey Krug for relatively cheap contracts, they’ll still be in cap trouble this summer. Considering Chiarelli’s track record, he shouldn’t be out of a job long.