Neely: Chiarelli's contract not up after this year

Neely: Chiarelli's contract not up after this year
May 21, 2013, 6:45 pm
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The Boston Bruins escaped the first round of the NHL Playoffs with a Game 7 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs last week and have since stormed out to a 2-0 series against the New York Rangers in round two. The recent success has taken the heat off head coach Claude Julien, who was under the microscope just a few weeks ago.

Bruins president Cam Neely joined The Sports Hub's Felger and Mazz on Tuesday afternoon to discuss the future of the team in regards to Julien and general manager Peter Chiarelli. Chiarelli recently suggested that his fate is tied to Julien's, which raised questions about Chiarelli's contract. While rumors have Chiarelli's deal expiring at the end of the season, Neely put the speculation to rest.

"He has term left on his contract," Neely said.

During the conversation, Neely backed Julien as well.

“Pete, I think for whatever reason, felt like Claude was getting hammered on a little too much in that last round," Neely told Felger. "I know Pete has pretty strong feelings towards his coach, and rightfully so. Claude had done a very good job here and he is a good coach, and there’s not many of them in the league.”

Check out the video above to hear Neely's entire discussion on the team and give us your thoughts on the direction of the franchise in the comment box below.