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Friday, August 30, 2013
Bruins GM: We'll compete every year

By By Joe McDonald
ESPNBoston.com

BOSTON -- The Boston Bruins have a vision, and the organization has made it clear that general manager Peter Chiarelli will be the person who leads it into the future.

On Friday, the Bruins officially announced Chiarelli's four-year contract extension through the 2017-18 season. Chiarelli had one year remaining on his current deal.

Under Chiarelli's tenure in Boston, the Bruins have reached the postseason in six of seven seasons, including two trips to the finals and a Stanley Cup championship in 2011.

"He's done a fantastic job as a GM since he's been here and certainly deserves the extension," Bruins president Cam Neely said. "We've made the postseason the last six years, and one of the things we talk about here [is] being a Boston Bruin is not just making the postseason but competing for a Stanley Cup. We've been to the finals twice, won in 2011, and Pete's done a really good job of keeping our core group together, identifying the core group, making sure we lock them up. He's done a really good job of understanding the type of player our fan base really enjoys watching."

While the Bruins have enjoyed consistent success, Chiarelli says he believes improvements can be made and his goal is to contend for the Cup each season.

"We will continue to have challenges as a team, and that's a good thing," Chiarelli said. "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. It's my mandate, my charge to do that."

Chiarelli, sporting his 2011 Stanley Cup ring during Friday morning's news conference at TD Garden, said the organization has achieved many of its goals in the last six seasons, but that there's more to come.

"We're thrilled to have him and have him extended another four years, which gives him five more years with us," Neely said.