Neely on Chiarelli contract: He deserves it

BOSTON -- The Boston Bruins have a vision, and the organization has made it clear Peter Chiarelli will be the person who leads it into the future.

On Friday, the Bruins officially announced Chiarelli’s four-year contract extension through the 2017-2018 season. Under Chiarelli’s tenure as GM in Boston, the Bruins have reached the postseason in six of seven seasons, including a pair of trips to the finals and a Stanley Cup championship in 2011.

“He’s done a fantastic job as a GM since he’s been here and certainly deserves the extension,” said Bruins president Cam Neely. “We’ve made the postseason the last six years, and one of the things we talk about here, being a Boston Bruin is not just making the postseason, but competing for a Stanley Cup. We’ve been to the finals twice, won in 2011, and Pete’s done a really good job of keeping our core group together, identifying the core group, making sure we lock them up. He’s done a really good job of understanding the type of player our fan base really enjoys watching.”

While the Bruins have enjoyed perennial success, Chiarelli says he believes improvements can be made and his goal is to contend for a Cup each season.

"We will continue to have challenges as a team and that’s a good thing,” Chiarelli said. “Our challenges are now at a level that we compete for the Stanley Cup and we want to compete for the Stanley Cup every year. It’s my mandate, my charge to do that.”

Chiarelli, sporting his 2011 Stanley Cup ring during Friday morning’s press conference at TD Garden, believes this organization has achieved many of its goals in the last six seasons, but there’s more to come.

“We’re thrilled to have him and have him extended another four years, which gives him five more years with us,” Neely said.