Disaster candidate linked to vacant Senators GM position.
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Disaster candidate linked to vacant Senators GM position.

5 names have been linked to the vacant general manager's position in Ottawa, not all of them good.

Jonathan Larivee

They say that hockey is an old boy's club, and there may be no better example of that than longtime National Hockey League executive Peter Chiarelli.

Ottawa Senators insider Bruce Garrioch has named 5 candidates that are currently being linked to the vacant GM position in Ottawa, and among that list of candidates is the aforementioned Chiarelli. Chiarelli is joined on that list by Detroit Red Wings assistant general manager Shawn Horcoff, Tampa Bay Lightning exec Mathieu Darche, Arizona assistant general manager John Ferguson Jr., and Senators assistant general manager Ryan Bowness.

After largely capitalizing off the success of former Boston Bruins interim general manager Jeff Gorton, who over the course of a single summer assembled a variety of pieces that would lead the Bruins to Stanley Cup glory while Chiarelli was at the helm as a full time general manager, Chiarelli has largely bungled his opportunities in the general manager's chair.

Chiarelli's bungling of the Tyler Seguin trade while general manager of the Boston Bruins is now legendary, and his time as general manager of the Edmonton Oilers wasn't much better. There were the questionable handing out of big contracts to the likes of goaltender Mikko Koskinen and veteran forward Milan Lucic and there were questionable trades in Edmonton as well including a deal that sent future Hart Trophy winner Taylor Hall away for defenseman Adam Larsson. He traded for Griffin Reinhart giving a pair of draft picks in the process, one of which would turn into New York Islanders star forward Mathew Barzal, and the list goes on.

It's a wonder then, why is he being considered for another GM position under a new ownership group?