At last, the B's are true contenders

GM Chiarelli deserves credit for steering his team toward the Stanley Cup

Updated: February 21, 2011, 5:34 PM ET
By James Murphy | ESPNBoston.com

What Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli did last week by acquiring forwards Chris Kelly and Richard Peverley and defensemen Tomas Kaberle and Boris Valabik in three separate trades should halt any criticism that Chiarelli is too patient and passive when it comes to winning.

Yes, the calculated Chiarelli did not have the best track record when it came to trade-deadline deals or even in-season moves that could get his team over the hump. But last week, the general manager decided ...

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