Source: B's, Chiarelli close to extension

BOSTON -- The Boston Bruins and general manager Peter Chiarelli are close on a multi-year contract extension, according to a league source.

Chiarelli has one year remaining on his current deal.

“It’s not done yet, but it’s close,” said the source.

The Bruins have become a perennial winner under Chiarelli’s guidance since he was named GM prior to the 2006-2007 season. Along with coach Claude Julien, the Bruins have earned a postseason berth in each of the last six seasons, including a pair of trips to the finals and one Stanley Cup championship in 2011.

After Boston lost to the Chicago Blackhawks in the finals last June, Bruins president Cam Neely said one of his offseason priorities would be to extend Chiarelli’s contract.

“He’s done a fantastic job here since he’s been here,” Neely said during the team’s exit meetings last June. “From when he came until now, there’s been a lot of player/personnel turnover, but we’ve kept the right guys and built from that.”

Even though there’s one season remaining on Chiarelli’s contract, the Bruins felt it was important to lock him up for the long term.

“Ideally, yeah,” Neely said. “He deserves it. He’s done a really good job here. He’s a good GM.”