The Boston Bruins fired General Manager Peter Chiarelli on Wednesday, days after missing the playoffs for the first time in eight years and only four seasons after the franchise won its first Stanley Cup title since 1972.
The statement from the team said coach Claude Julien and the rest of his staff "will remain in place at this time."
"I don't want to take away anything that Peter accomplished here," Cam Neely, Bruins president and Hall of Fame forward, said at a news conference. "I mean, he's going to go down in history as the GM that brought the Stanley Cup back to Boston, the first time in 39 years, so that says a lot about his abilities as a general manager. … We just felt moving forward was the best thing for us to do."
No interim was named, and Neely said the team will conduct an "exhaustive" search for a permanent replacement.
"We will leave it up to that GM to decide what he wants to do with our coaching staff," Neely said. "Claude certainly understood that."
•Sharks coach Todd McLellan, whose team missed the playoffs for the first time since 2003, said he has not decided whether he wants to come back for the final year of his contract and the organization hasn't decided whether to bring him back either.
McLellan said he needs to talk more with his family before that decision can be made.
Star center Joe Thornton did not strongly back his coach when asked if a change was needed.
"I have no idea," Thornton said. "Todd has to talk to his family. Maybe he should talk to this family as well in here. We'll see what happens."
•Flyers GM Ron Hextall said he still had not made a decision on coach Craig Berube's fate following a season that saw the team miss the playoffs.
•Goalie Jon Gillies, who led Providence to the NCAA championship on Saturday, signed a three-year entry-level contract with the Flames. He was selected 75th overall in the third round of the 2012 draft by Calgary.