Former Bruins are having a big offseason, it seems.
The NHL's big
middle finger answer to international olympic competition will have two Bruins in General Manager roles this upcoming tournament in former GM Peter Chiarelli, who will be part of a two man team managing Team North America (for players from the US and Canada under 23), and Former Boston Bruin and long time team Slovakia captain Miroslav Satan, who will be part of a two man team managing Team Europe (for players not from major european hockey nations).
Both will be doing your usual General Managerial duties: Selecting rosters, selecting coaching and supporting staff, and in general overseeing all other preparations for the tournament that takes place next year in Toronto.
At first glance, both seem to be at more than a slight disadvantage from Team USA's GM Dean Lombardi and Team Canada's Doug Armstrong being able to reap the benefits of proven American and Canadian talent, but both have X-factors to their oddly specific limitations. Chiarelli has a wealth of great prospects throughout the US and Canada like Connor McDavid, Jack Eichel, Noah Hanifin, and Max Domi to possibly be picked up for his team, and that's just four players off the top of my head that could easily find themselves on that roster in a year. In a similar vein, while Satan doesn't have the powerhouses of Swedish, Czech, Finnish or Russian players to pick from, he has any number of players from his own Slovakia (which includes Zdeno Chara), his co-GM's home country of Germany (which might mean Dennis Seidenberg) , Austria, Belarus, Denmark, France, Latvia, Norway, and Switzerland. This includes guys like Frederik Andersen, Anze Kopitar, Antoine Roussel, Mats Zuccarello, and the spectacularly named Zemgus Girgensons. Whole lotta bright sides for both teams, and definitely quality players some of the other GMs in charge of teams with larger talent pools would be interested in having.
Let's wish them both good luck to their debuts in the tournament and to Miro's first general manager gig!