BOSTON -- The Boston Bruins are in no hurry to name a general manager to replace Mike O'Connell after the team missed the playoffs for the first time in four seasons.
And it will be up to the new general manager to decide if Mike Sullivan returns for a third season as head coach.
Choosing a general manager "is not a decision that I want to rush and I don't think it should be rushed," Charlie Jacobs, Bruins executive vice president and son of the owner, said Thursday in an interview with The Associated Press. "We've been pretty patient and methodical in our approach so far. I don't see anything coming that's going to make us behave differently."
Jacobs said he, his father, Jeremy, and team president Harry Sinden have conducted interviews for the job. But he wouldn't disclose the names or number of people they've talked with.
Since O'Connell was fired March 25, his assistant, Jeff Gorton, has acted as interim general manager.
Sullivan and assistant coaches Wayne Cashman and Norm Maciver still have their jobs and no decision on their futures will be made until a new general manager is named, Jacobs said.
"I don't think that it would be appropriate for me to speak on it," Jacobs said. "That's something that the next general manager will be measured on, the performance of the team, and he should have the final say on who's the coach."
He also voiced strong support for the 74-year-old Sinden.
"He's always a Bruin and always will be and we're still going to continue to hear and have that input and that's not going to change," Jacobs said.