GM Meets With Coach Sullivan, Fate Still Undetermined

Soon-to-be Boston Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli met with Coach Mike Sullivan in order to determine whether or not the coach would return next year. After a lengthy meeting, Chiarelli is still undecided, and has set a timetable of about 10 days before he makes his final decision. Chiarelli said “It was a good meeting” he has decided to postpone his final decision for about a week and a half in order to interview other candidates. Chiarelli has ensured the Bruins will be set on next year’s coach by the NHL Draft.

Sullivan led the Bruins to 104 pts, good enough for second in the Eastern Conference, in the 2003-04 season, which was his rookie season as a head coach. This year, however, the Bruins faltered under his command, finishing last in the Northeast Division.

Do not be surprised to see a coaching change in Boston by next week.

8 Responses to GM Meets With Coach Sullivan, Fate Still Undetermined

  1. 24_cups_and_counting says:

    Why is this newsworthy? Nothing happened. Sullivan met with the GM. Yippee.

  2. SkruinBruin says:

    I think Chiarelli should have his next meeting with Don Cherry.

    Then, set a meeting with Milt Schmidt, Terry O’Rielly, Bobby Orr, Ray Bourque, and even the decendants of Eddie Shore- and ask them to “pool” there money together and by the team from the Jacobs’…

    Imagine that… the new owner(s) of the Bruins would actually be people who love hockey!!!- and not just because it is the driving factor of the concessions and parking profits.

    Chiarelli is definately a great choice for a GM- but he is going to have a h*ll of a time getting players to “want” to come to Boston… Modano said no way, as did Forsberg, and many other high caliber players over the last ten years.

    We (and i use this term because i am not passing blame to anyone) have all too often allowed one “big name” to satisfy our hockey “thirsts”- and lost site of what was important… TEAM

    When Bobby Orr was gone (i dont even want to get started with this one), we tried with Brad Park,,, then the hockey gods smiled on us, and we were blessed with Ray Bourque… Harry (sinden) then pulls off the trade that brings Cam Neely here- and what happens- we have a shot at two cups…

    Since then- the only positive thing that has happened is 1996/97- we were so bad, we landed Joe Thornton in the draft… as well as Samsonov- just 6 picks later (both in the first round)…

    Does anyone know any of the surviving members of Art Ross’ family?!?

  3. BruinsGM says:

    Then don’t read it. There have been full length articles in the Globe, so I decided to let everyone know what was going on. If you don’t like it, don’t read it, and DEFINITELY don’t comment on it.

  4. BruinsGM says:

    First, those former Bruins you mentioned probably wouldn’t have the assets to buy the entire team, although I would not mind seeing some of them interview for the head coaching position.

    Second, Jacobs isn’t in a position where he wants to sell the team. Trust me, I wish he would, but it’s just not going to happen in the near future. The only thing we can hope for is that his son (who is slowly but surely taking over operations from his father) is a little more free-wheeling than the tight-pursed Jacobs.

  5. captainjoefish says:

    the bruins need help everywhere and it starts with coaching

    sullivan is ok but he just did not get this team to play to their potential

    i just don’t see him as a good fit let him go bring in bourque

    as for draft day this is crucial for the bruins future as the have the 5th overall pick and we can’t get another lars jonsson.

    i like all the guys that could be available whether it is backstrom or mueller

    the bruins need to change and rebulid for the future

    this is off subject but i really want this trade to happen

    canes get 2nd overall pick ( take jordan staal)

    give pens:

    cole and a defenseman or pick or something

    canes would give up cole because they have already proved they don’t need him to get to the finals just a thought i am not a gm

  6. merr29 says:

    Would mind taking Cole. not one bit, but i would rather have staal and see how he does. and how would that go over, Cole and Orpik on the same team…hahaha

  7. toronto77 says:

    I don’t think sullivan is that good of a coach, I think they should hire someone else, and maybe keep him as an assistant, he needs to learn a bit more.

  8. samsdad says:

    This is a tough call…Sullivan did well when he had good players….but last year, no one could have won with that group. So…what does that mean? that he coaches to the level of his players? I think alot of coaches probably do. That being said, should he be replaced? Dont know…maybe for an overall team change and a *new era* he has to go.

    As far as the Jacobs go, its true the Bs have been cheap before. Some players I could see letting go for what they were asking – Guerin, Gonchar, Allison. Letting Rolston,Knuble go was bad management – maybe due to cash, maybe due to bad planning. With the cap, its hard to say a team is cheap…if they are spending 36M +, then it becomes more of bad personnel decisions than anything else. Hopefully this will be rectified with the new GM.

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