“We committed over $100 million in a matter of about a week just this summer to two players,” Jacobs said. “I think that that speaks volumes about the amount of trust we place in not only Peter but his hockey operations department and their projections about how these player personnel will deliver for us in the future.”
Asked what he is proudest of as the Bruins GM, Chiarelli said it was hiring coach Claude Julien in 2007 and sticking with him — including 2010, after the team blew a 3-0 lead in the playoffs against Philadelphia. Julien’s job seemed in jeopardy again the next year when the Bruins fell behind Montreal 0-2 in the first round of the playoffs.
They went on to win it all.
“He came off of being fired twice and there were a lot of questions about him,” Chiarelli said. “So, obviously, I knew what he was like — receptive to things so he could evolve with the rest of us.”
Now they’ll have a few more years to work together to bring the Cup back to Boston. Julien was signed to an extension of undisclosed length last summer.
“Stability is really important and significant when you are delivering these messages,” Chiarelli said, adding that there has to be turnover as well to guard against complacency. “So there is stability, there’s strong leadership but you have to keep everybody on their toes, especially in this cap world.
“So you can be stable and proactive and that is what I like to think we do as a group.”
Also on Friday, the Bruins said their rookie training camp will start next week and announced the roster. Among those invited are two goaltenders who could compete for a backup spot: Malcolm Subban, the brother of Montreal defenseman P.K. Subban, and Adam Morrison. Also invited is former Boston College star Tommy Cross.