The Bruins’ Stanley Cup architect in the running for the Maple Leafs job?

Chiarelli has been out of the league since 2019

by Mike Cole

4 hours ago

Peter Chiarelli orchestrated a Bruins team that made life miserable for the Maple Leafs, including handing Toronto one of the most embarrassing losses in hockey history.

Now, could the Leafs hand over their hockey operations to the former rival?

One of the main NHL offseason storylines is how the Leafs will replace general manager Kyle Dubas after the club announced last week that he would not be returning. Team President Brendan Shanahan is leading the search for Dubas’s replacement, and that the list should include the veteran Chiarelli executive.

“As the process to find the next general manager (of the Maple Leafs) moves forward, I expect Toronto to interview Jason Botterill, Marc Bergevin, Brad Treivling and Peter Chiarelli at a minimum – if they haven’t already. done,” tweeted Daily Faceoff’s Frank Seravalli. Friday afternoon.

Chiarelli’s inclusion is obviously noteworthy for Bruins fans after the Toronto process. Chiarelli’s crowning glory came in Boston, where he spent nine years as general manager. He was largely responsible for building the roster that won the Stanley Cup in 2011, Boston’s first championship in nearly 40 years.

The Bruins also made it back to the Stanley Cup Finals in 2013 before falling to the Chicago Blackhawks, but this Bruins team barely made it past the first round because of the Leafs. Toronto led Game 7 of its first-round series 4-1 before the Bruins stormed back in the third period to tie in spectacular fashion before winning in overtime.

The Bruins fired Chiarelli after the club missed the playoffs in 2015, and he quickly latched onto the Edmonton Oilers just over a week later when they hired him to be their club president. hockey operations and general manager. Despite resuming a roster that already included Leon Draisaitl and would take Connor McDavid in the next draft, the Oilers only made the playoffs once under the Chiarelli era. Edmonton fired him after the 2018-19 season when the team finished seventh in the division.

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