Bruins won't pay price for Chiarelli

BRUCE GARRIOCH -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 8:44 AM ET

The Boston Bruins are poised to hire Nashville Predators executive Ray Shero as their new GM. But is he their No. 1 choice?

League sources say the Bruins studied hiring Senators assistant GM Peter Chiarelli to replace Mike O'Connell, but balked at giving Ottawa compensation.

It's believed part of the reason the Bruins are opting for Shero is the Predators' willingness to let him go for free.

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There's talk the Senators were seeking a high pick in the 2006 entry draft.

Senators spokesman Phil Legault said in an e-mail yesterday the club would not comment on the matter. It should be noted the Philadelphia Flyers received a second-round pick from the Los Angeles Kings, who hired GM Dean Lombardi last month.

Chiarelli is believed to be a top candidate for vacant GM's jobs with the New York Islanders and Pittsburgh Penguins. A former agent with Ottawa lawyer Larry Kelly, Chiarelli is GM John Muckler's right hand man. Losing Chiarelli would be a big blow to Ottawa, especially with 15 free agents this summer.

According to a report in the Boston Globe yesterday, the Bruins offered the job to Shero -- a former agent who spent six years with the Senators before joining Nashville -- Monday and the two sides are trying to wrap up a contract.


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