Hockey Hall of Famer Harry Sinden, who coached the Bruins to the Stanley Cup in 1970, has reportedly had his “senior advisor” role expanded in the wake of Peter Chiarelli’s firing — and is now helping in the club’s subsequent search for a new GM.
According to a well-informed NHL source, team owner Jeremy Jacobs, concerned that both son Charlie and Neely lack experience running an NHL franchise, also has asked the 82-year-old Sinden to play a larger role than in recent years.
Sinden might be involved in the selection of the new GM. That, of course, is widely expected to be assistant GM Don Sweeney.
In addition to his stints as head coach, Sinden served as Boston’s GM for 28 years and 17 as club president (a role he undertook in 1989.) It wasn’t until the summer of 2006 when he “retired” into his current consulting role which, according to the Herald, had Sinden frequently working out of his second home in Florida.
“I think [Jacobs] just wanted someone to be a sounding board and an advisor,” a source told the Herald.
Boston’s search for a new GM has been methodical thus far. Sweeney is the leading (and, importantly, the in-house) candidate, but the club appears to be leaving no stone unturned; Boston has already interviewed former Caps GM George McPhee and was reportedly denied permission to speak with Rangers assistant GM Jeff Gorton.