In a way Chiarelli did handicap his team. Yes they won a cup and got to another final but he created some serious cap problems which led to Iginla leaving and Boychuk being traded
Sure, but that's a risk they seemed willing to take in order to win a Cup. He delivered their Cup by (in part) sacrificing the "later" for the "now", which everyone seemed fine with when Chara was hoisting Lord Stanley.
And as I've said already, all of this is immaterial because he didn't get fired for losing Boychuk or Iginla. He got fired for missing the playoffs. If Andrew Hammond doesn't go all "Rain Man" in net, Boston makes the playoffs, and Chairelli keeps his job.
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