Fresh off their club winning the regular-season Eastern Conference title and winning a round of the Stanley Cup playoffs for the first time in a decade, Boston Bruins owner Jeremy Jacobs and Principal Charlie Jacobs updated those on a media conference call about the negotiations to extend general manager Peter Chiarelli’s contract.
Chiarelli agreed to a four-year deal when he was hired in the spring of 2006, so he is entering the final year of his contract. Head coach Claude Julien might also be due an extension, as it is widely believed (although it has never been officially revealed) that the bench boss received a three-year deal when he was hired in the spring of 2007.
“We’re in the midst of negotiations with Peter. As I said before, when we hired Peter, I do find that the head coaching position should fall under the purview of the GM. And in as much, that’s in Peter’s bailiwick to negotiate with Claude and his staff,” Charlie Jacobs said.
“Having said that, Peter has a year left on his deal, and we understand that there are a lot of places that need to fall into place — that is, after Peter signs his extension, which we anticipate happening sometime this summer. Frankly, I’d hoped that we could have this done at this point. We’re still in talks at this moment in time. Peter himself is in Toronto this week for the NHL scouting combine. We’ve been exchanging quick notes back and forth, but we have not sat down face to face in probably a week’s time.”
The elder Jacobs then threw his support toward both of the Bruins’ main cogs in their resurgence as an organization.
“When we hired Peter, we didn’t hire him for four years. We hired him for the remainder of his professional career — at least we look at it that way,” said Jeremy Jacobs. “That’s been our style before. Peter has grown immensely in the last few years and I think he’s done an admirable job. I think everyone of you guys would agree with that. We want to see him around long term and I think that’s his objective as well. You saw how his career evolved in Boston, and the stops and the starts, but it’s been an upward trend. So I think he’s done a great job. And I see the same with Julien. But again, Claude is somebody for Peter to deal with.”
The Jacobs men touched on a number of topics for a little more than 20 minutes, including the salary cap for the next two seasons and the future of Sun Belt teams. I’ll have more of their comments as the day unfolds.