Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 01/31/12 at 03:13 PM ET
from Scott Burnside of ESPN,
As the NHL comes out of the All-Star break and the unofficial start of the stretch run to the playoffs, the Bruins have adjusted comfortably to life as defending champions for the first time since their last Cup win in ‘72.
Winning, of course, changes everything. It changes it for the players, the coaching staff, even the general manager.
Everything is different. Even how other GMs treat you, GM Peter Chiarelli told ESPN.com in a recent interview at the team’s practice facility.
“Expectations have always been high here but now they’re even higher,” said Chiarelli, 47. “It’s a different feeling. Obviously, it motivates you. I feel I have a higher standard now. It has been enjoyable.”
Profile is a difficult thing to gauge. And when there are 30 NHL general managers, a low profile is a bit of a relative thing.
But among the 30, even after winning a Stanley Cup, it’s fair to say that Chiarelli has a pretty low profile.
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