Jeff Gorton (left) has been successful with the Rangers after 15 years in Boston. (Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)Jeff Gorton had a magical 105 days as general manager of the Bruins.



There were better candidates for the Bruins’€™ vacant general manager job than Ray Shero, but it’€™s a moot point now anyway.

The Devils announced Monday that they have hired Shero as their new GM. Shero took this season off after being fired by the Penguins after eight seasons with the Penguins.

Shero will report to Lou Lamoriello, who will remain the Devils’€™ president.

Candidates for Boston’s GM job include assistant general managers Don Sweeney (Bruins) and Jeff Gorton (Rangers). New York GM Glen Sather said Monday that he has not yet given the Bruins permission to interview Gorton, who was Boston’s interim GM for a brief time in 2006.

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Rangers general manager Glen Sather told the New York Post’€™s Larry Brooks Monday that he has not given the Bruins permission to speak to former B’€™s interim GM and current Rangers assistant GM Jeff Gorton. Sather noted that he won’€™t give permission while the Rangers are in the playoffs and still might not after that.

Jeff Gorton

Jeff Gorton

Rangers general manager Glen Sather told the New York Post’€™s Larry Brooks Monday that he has not given the Bruins permission to speak to former B’€™s interim GM and current Rangers assistant GM Jeff Gorton. Sather noted that he won’€™t give permission while the Rangers are in the playoffs and still might not after that.

“I haven’€™t given permission to anybody to speak to anyone and I won’€™t as long as we’€™re playing,” Sather told Brooks Monday. “And there’€™s a question whether I would, anyway, after it’€™s over.”

Gorton worked with the Bruins from 1992-2007, taking over as GM in March of 2006 until Peter Chiarelli was allowed to officially become GM on July 15 of that year. The Bruins had hired Chiarelli in May of 2006, but his non-compete clause in his Senators contract prevented an immediate move.

The Bruins did extremely well under Gorton during the brief transition. Technically, Gorton signed Zdeno Chara and Marc Savard, traded Andrew Raycroft for Tuukka Rask, and drafted Phil Kessel, Milan Lucic and Brad Marchand.

The Bruins fired Gorton the next offseason. They are now interested in bringing him back, with the Boston Herald reporting last month that the team had reached out to Gorton. ESPN’€™s Joe McDonald reported Sunday night that the B’€™s have come up with a short list of four finalists to replace Chiarelli, and it’€™s safe to say that Gorton is in that group.

It is not uncommon for potential interviews or hirings to be held up until a team’s season is over. The Canucks, for example, did not hire then-assistant GM Jim Benning away from the Bruins until a week after Boston was eliminated last season.

While Gorton is a serious candidate for the Bruins’€™ GM job, Bruins assistant general manager Don Sweeney remains a favorite to replace Chiarelli.

The Rangers, meanwhile, have incentive to keep Gorton. Sather is 71 years old, with Brooks writing that the current GM could either step down or take a higher position with the Rangers at some point, which would open up the general manager job for Gorton in New York.

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DJ Bean
Malcolm Subban

Malcolm Subban

PROVIDENCE — The Providence Bruins’€™ first-round series with the Hartford Wolf Pack will come down to a decisive Game 5, as the Baby B’€™s suffered a 2-1 Game 4 loss to leave the series knotted at two games apiece.

Seth Griffith scored his second goal in as many games as he fired a shot from the point past Yann Danis during a third-period man advantage, but it wasn’€™t enough on a night in which Providence squandered five of its six power plays.

Mat Bodie scored Hartford’€™s first goal, scoring off the rush in the second period following the expiration of Providence’€™s fourth power play of the game. Bodie’€™s shot, which came at 3:06 of the second, was just the fourth shot that Malcolm Subban faced on the night. Providence’€™s early power plays allowed them to outshoot Hartford, 8-2, in the first period.

After a good chance for the Bruins during a late second-period power play, Joe Morrow took a cross-checking penalty to leave the sides playing four-on-four late in the period and give Hartford an abbreviated power play to open the third period. Less than a minute after that power play ended, Tyler Brown tipped a point shot past Subban to give Hartford a two-goal lead.

Minutes later, Providence forward Zach Phillips was assessed a double-minor for butt-ending, forcing the B’€™s to spend the next four minutes shorthanded. Providence eventually cashed on its next power play with Griffith’€™s goal with 7:06 remaining in regulation.

Providence was unable to find the equalizer in the final minutes, pulling Malcolm Subban with about 90 seconds to play but failing to tie it.

David Pastrnak did not play in the game. He left Sunday’€™s Game 3 with a lower-body injury suffered on a hit from defenseman Dylan McIlrath.

Claude Julien was among those on hand, watching alongside assistant coach Doug Jarvis. Julien is still Boston’€™s head coach, but that could change once the Bruins hire their next general manager. Assistant GMs Don Sweeney and John Ferguson were also in attendance.

The Baby B’s finished the game with a 29-17 edge in shots on goal. Game 5 will be played Friday in Hartford.

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DJ Bean

The Bruins announced Saturday that Dobro Lucic, father of forward Milan Lucic, died unexpectedly this week.

The Bruins announced Saturday that Dobro Lucic, father of forward Milan Lucic, died unexpectedly this week.

“I learned on Wednesday, April 22 that my father passed away unexpectedly in Vancouver,” Lucic said in a statement. “My family and I am very grateful for the outpouring of support from the hockey community, friends and fans from around the world. We kindly ask everyone to respect our privacy during this difficult and sad time.”

Bruins president Cam Neely also issued a statement on the passing of Lucic’s father.

“On behalf of the Jacobs family and the entire Boston Bruins organization I would like to express our deepest condolences to Milan and his family on the passing of his father, Dobro,” Neely said. “Our thoughts will be with the Lucic family during this time, and we will be here to offer them support in any way that we can.”

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DJ Bean

Former Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli was named president of hockey operations and general manager of the Oilers Friday.

Peter Chiarelli

Peter ChiarelliPeter 

Former Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli was named president of hockey operations and general manager of the Oilers Friday.

Chiarelli enters a team with a number of highly skilled young forwards in Taylor Hall, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Nail Yakupov, Jordan Eberle and Leon Draisaitl. Generational talent Connor McDavid will be added to that group with the first overall pick in June’€™s draft.

As such, Chiarelli was asked early in the press conference about the Bruins’€™ 2013 trade of Tyler Seguin to Dallas. Since the trade, Seguin has blossomed into one of the league’€™s best scorers.

“That was a trade that had underlying reasons hat I won’€™t get into, but he’€™s a terrific player, he was our leading scorer and that’€™s what I’€™ll say about that one’€ Chiarelli responded.

“In this business, you can’€™t be afraid to make trades. The way that the parity is developing, the way that the cap is closing in, the margins are really small. Those are ways to improve your team. I’€™m not afraid of doing it, but it has to be the right moment.

“There are some very good young players on this team. Doesn’€™t mean I’€™m going to trade any of them, but those are deals that you have to be willing to make. They have to be well-measured. You have to be well-informed.

“That deal, obviously he’€™s a very good player and there were reasons for doing it.”

Chiarelli said earlier in the press conference that he feels he can get more out of Ottawa’€™s young players.

“They play fast,” Chiarelli said. “I’€™d like to see them play a little harder.”

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DJ Bean

According to multiple reports out of Canada, the Oilers will announce the hiring of former Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli in a press conference Friday.