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August 31, 2013

Bruins extend GM Peter Chiarelli 4 years

Boston Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli has a new contract.

The job is the same as it used to be.

“Our challenges are now at a level that we compete for the Stanley Cup and we want to compete for the Stanley Cup every year,” Chiarelli said Friday. “And it’s my mandate, my charge to do that. ... I am very appreciative to be here for five more years at least and I look forward to this coming season and seasons after.”

The Bruins signed Chiarelli to a four-year contract extension on Thursday that would keep him in Boston through the 2017-18 season. Charlie Jacobs, the son of owner Jeremy Jacobs, recalled the negotiations with Chiarelli to bring the then-assistant GM in Ottawa to Boston in 2006 and said, “We’ve come a long way.”

“This was a rather easy negotiation,” Jacobs said. “I think it spells a lot about the stability of our franchise and where we’ve come from.”

Chiarelli, 49, will enter his eighth season with Boston when training camp opens next month. The Bruins have qualified for the playoffs in six of his first seven years, compiling a 50-35 postseason record while winning the Stanley Cup in 2011 and returning to the Finals this season.

In all, Boston is 291-187-62 under Chiarelli.

“He’s done a fantastic job as a GM since he’s been here and certainly deserves the extension,” Bruins president Cam Neely said at a news conference on Friday. “One of the things we talked about here being the Boston Bruins is, not just making the postseason but competing for Stanley Cups. We’ve been to the Finals twice.”

Jacobs said the real vote of confidence came this summer, when the team signed forward Patrice Bergeron to an eight-year, $52 million contract extension and gave goaltender Tuukka Rask an eight-year deal worth about $56 million.

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