The GM's job with the Bruins has taken a strange twist and Senators assistant GM Peter Chiarelli has emerged as the front-runner.
While Boston offered the post to Nashville assistant GM Ray Shero, he walked away from talks yesterday because they couldn't agree on a deal. Shero, sources told the Sun this morning, is likely to be annnounced at the Pittsburgh Penguins' general manager today (Thursday).
Sources say talks between Senators president Roy Mlakar and Bruins executive VP Charlie Jacobs heated up yesterday to free Chiarelli from the final two years of his contract. Ideally, the Bruins would like to announce the hiring of Chiarelli today.
Though the Senators don't want to lose Chiarelli, 41, a former captain of the Harvard hockey team, they're willing to let him leave if the Bruins pay compensation -- believed to be a second-round pick.
Originally, the Bruins balked at the asking price, but Boston officials were left in a tough spot when they couldn't get a deal done with Shero.
If B's fail to land Chiarelli, they could promote assistant GM Jeff Gorton -- a longtime member of the organization.
Another source indicated Senators GM John Muckler is already putting out feelers for a new assistant as tough he's preparing to lose Chiarelli.
The Senators have pre-draft scouting meetings in Niagara Falls beginning today.
Muckler needs to knwo quickly if Chiarelli is going to be part of the plan going forward because there's a lot of work to be done in the off-season.