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Peter Chiarelli fired as Boston Bruins General Manager

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The Bruins announced it today, more in a minute.

Update: from the Bruins' official press release:

Boston, MA - Boston Bruins President Cam Neely announced today, Wednesday, April 15, that Peter Chiarelli has been relieved of his duties as General Manager of the Boston Bruins. An Interim General Manager will not be named at this time and the search for a new hire - which will be led by Bruins Chief Executive Officer Charlie Jacobs and Neely - will begin immediately. The Bruins current Assistant General Managers, Player Personnel Staff and Coaching Staff will remain in place at this time.

Jacobs and Neely will hold a press conference today at 3:00 p.m. ET in the Will McDonough Room at TD Garden. Media with valid press identification can enter the TD Garden through the Back Security Entrance beginning at 2:00 p.m.

"We are grateful for Peter's service to the Bruins organization over the last nine seasons," said Neely. "His efforts undoubtedly helped the team achieve great success during his tenure and he helped restore the proud tradition of Boston Bruins hockey. We ultimately feel that this change is necessary in order to ensure sustainable success for the club both in the short term and the long term. Our search for a new General Manager will begin immediately."

Chiarelli served as General Manager for nine seasons, after being named the seventh GM in club history on May 26, 2006.

So who will pick up the job before next season?