Bruins hope to name GM next week

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BOSTON (AP) – The Boston Bruins hope to name a new general manager next week but said Wednesday they don’t have a deadline.

Assistant general managers Ray Shero of Nashville and Peter Chiarelli of Ottawa have been mentioned prominently as candidates for the position left vacant when Mike O’Connell was fired March 25.

“We are making a deliberative, thorough search on our terms for the best candidate to lead our organization,” the Bruins said in a statement. “We have interviewed several outstanding candidates. We are under no deadline pressure, but hope to have an announcement next week.”

The statement said the team would not comment further until it announces the appointment of a general manager.

Shero and Chiarelli did not return calls seeking comment Wednesday. Predators spokesman Gerry Helper said Shero was at work Tuesday and Wednesday.

Charlie Jacobs, the Bruins executive vice president, said three weeks ago the team would continue to be “patient and methodical” in its job search after finishing last in the Northeast Division. Jacobs has not publicly identified any candidates.

The choice of either Shero or Chiarelli would break with the team’s tradition of hiring a general manager from inside the organization.

O’Connell was Boston’s sixth general manager and the fifth straight who had been with the team before. Art Ross was the team’s first general manager when the team began play in 1924.

Shero, 43, is the son of Fred Shero, who coached the Philadelphia Flyers to Stanley Cup championships in 1974 and 1975. Shero, a native of St. Paul, Minn., was a 1984 graduate of St. Lawrence University, where he was a top player. He became a player agent before becoming assistant general manager with Ottawa for the 1993-94 season. He moved to the Predators job on Nov. 30, 1998.

Chiarelli, 41, has been with Ottawa for six seasons, starting as director of legal relations in 1999 in his first NHL front office job. He became assistant general manager in June 2004 and is a 1987 graduate of Harvard where he was captain of the hockey team. Like Shero, he was a player agent before entering an NHL front office.

The Bruins have won just one playoff series in 10 seasons and missed the playoffs this year for the third time in six seasons. O’Connell had been general manager since Nov. 1, 2000.

AP-ES-05-24-06 1919EDT

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