Sens to deal Chiarelli to B's for pick

BRUCE GARRIOCH -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 8:41 AM ET

Peter Chiarelli is going from Bytown to Beantown.

It took a ruling in an arbitration hearing with NHL commissioner Gary Bettman and right-hand man Bill Daly, but sources say Chiarelli was traded to the Bruins last night for a second-round pick in next month's draft.

Sources say officials from both teams were in New York for a day-long hearing to settle the dispute because the Senators wanted compensation to allow Chiarelli to leave.

Not only were Senators president Roy Mlakar and GM John Muckler trying to keep Chiarelli, the word is owner Eugene Melnyk also stepped in. That's when Bettman was asked to get involved.

The Bruins are poised to name Chiarelli as their next GM -- in a move that could be announced today (sources say he has already agreed to a contract). They were unable to make it official until the Senators agreed to accept compensation and allow Chiarelli, 41, out his contract.

Sources say the Senators, who have 15 free agents to deal with, originally balked at losing Chiarelli with the workload the team faces in the off-season.

One possible replacement for Chiarelli is player agent and former NHL goalie Mike Liut.

After originally taking a pass on paying the compensation to the Senators of a top-three pick last week, the Bruins turned to Chiarelli, a former captain of the Harvard hockey team, on Wednesday when Nashville assistant GM Ray Shero walked away. He accepted the GM's post with the Penguins yesterday.


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