The Boston Bruins fired general manager Peter Chiarelli (r.) Wednesday in the midst of the Aaron Hernandez verdict announcement.
If the Bruins fired their GM when no one was paying attention, was Peter Chiarelli really fired?
The team picked the oddest of times to announce that it was parting ways with its general manager, delivering the news just as all of New England — and the rest of the country — was digesting the news of Aaron Hernandez’s murder conviction.
The guilty verdict in the Hernandez trial was read just before 10:20 a.m. on Wednesday. Less than 30 minutes later, the Bruins announced that Chiarelli was out, sending out a tweet at 10:49 a.m. — one minute before Hernandez was to be sentenced to life in prison.
Chiarelli’s firing comes after the team missed the playoffs for the first time in eight years. It’s just four seasons since the Bruins won the Stanley Cup; they returned to the NHL Finals two years ago.
The statement from the team Wednesday said coach Claude Julien and the rest of his staff “will remain in place at this time.”
Chiarelli built the Bruins for nine years. In 2011, they won the franchise’s first Stanley Cup championship in 39 years. They got back two years later and lost to the Chicago Blackhawks.
But this year they were eliminated from the playoff race on the final day of the regular season.
The Bruins won’t win the Stanley Cup, but they have won the NHL’s newsdump of the year award.
— With News Wire Services
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