Re: Chiarelli gets 4 year extension
posted at 8/29/2013 8:33 PM EDT
Don't make me dig this up - or do it yourself - but Ottawa refused to release PC until after the draft and the first week of FA season because, as assistant GM, he knew too much of their planning. They did agree to one or two supervised meetings with Gorton and the rest of the Bruins' management so that he could lay out what he wanted them to do at the draft and in the FA period. This is why most people don't question that Chara and Savard are Chiarelli moves even if the actual dollars on the deals are partly Gorton, and it's probably part of why the Bruins took Kessel - though, let's be honest, it wasn't the hardest choice to take a guy who was projected at #1 earlier in the year.
Beyond the first round, I think things get a little fuzzier. As much as I like PC, I have to give Gorton and the scouting staff PC cleared out credit here. Maybe PC gave them 250 players in ordinal ranking, but I think it's far more likely he described the type of players he wanted them to draft - guys who excel in big games, guys who have shown high-end skills or played in international events, but most of all, guys who show high-end hockey sense or combine skill with a "hard to play against" edge. Those instructions would fit most of the picks they made that year.
No one has yet mentioned the spectre of Tim Thomas. Let's not forget that Chiarelli inherited him as well - and even tried to replace him. I have no doubt that the trade for Rask was part of that equation too - "we need a better goalie now and a better goalie for the future...".
But there's no questioning that the Cup win was a Chiarelli build. He completely reinvented the D. In 2005-06, they rolled out creaky Leetch, decaying Boynton, Gill, Alberts, Tanabe, Stuarts (Brad and Mark), Jurcina, Jiri Slegr, and KHL superstar Dallman (230 points in 266 KHL games as a D). Half were physically slow, half mentally. Awful! And all gone - to a man - before the Cup win. No question PC said "get Chara". Dealt B. Stuart to get Ference and Kobasew. Dealt Boyes to get Wideman (parlayed Wideman for Horton). Brought in Boychuk, McQuaid in AHL trades. Brought in Seidenberg in an NHL trade. Brought in Kaberle. Six D, 1 UFA, three acquired in NHL deals, 2 on AHL deals, 1 transitional player who was a sweet parlay - if you'd have said you could deal Boyes and two picks for Horton and Gregory Campbell in 2006, most people would have laughed at you.
As for forwards, as Red has pointed out, only one guy had played for the Boston Bruins before 2006-07. Krejci was in the system but not in the NHL. Lucic and Marchand had just been drafted. Horton, Recchi were acquired in trades. Ryder was an FA signee. Campbell-trade, Seguin-Chiarelli pick, Thornton, Paille, Savard-Chiarelli FAs, Peverley-trade, Caron-Chiarelli pick, Kelly-trade. So regardless of the four guys already drafted, that's the other 8 full timers and a few spares acquired by Chiarelli. Add that to the six D and no fewer than 14 of the 21 players who won the Cup were acquired by Chiarelli one way or another. That he did it all in five years - classic Stalinist move, Pete! - is amazing. Look at all the middle moves to get there - Hunwick and Kampfer and Derek Morris, Wheeler to go with Wideman - and it sure looks like the guy knows what he was trying to put together and made moves to correct things when he could get closer to the goal. It was totally Chiarelli's build.
How could it not be after five years?
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