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Bruins dump assistant GM Gorton, scout Dore

In another round of change at TD Banknorth Garden, assistant general manager Jeff Gorton was fired by the Bruins yesterday less than two weeks after coach Dave Lewis was let go.

Longtime scout Daniel Dore, who is based in Quebec, also was fired.

General manager Peter Chiarelli, who was attending the AHL meetings in Hilton Head, S.C., confirmed the dismissals but declined to offer reasons for the firings. Efforts to reach Gorton and Dore were unsuccessful.

Leading candidates to serve as Boston's next assistant GM include John Weisbrod, currently a scout with the team, and Don Sweeney, the club's director of player development. Like Chiarelli, Weisbrod and Sweeney attended Harvard.

Weisbrod, a former GM of the Orlando Magic, was hired by Chiarelli last September. Weisbrod was a finalist to replace Mike Barnett as the Phoenix GM, but the Coyotes hired Don Maloney, formerly the Rangers' assistant GM. Sweeney retired from the NHL at the conclusion of the 2003-04 season and worked as an assistant admissions dean at Phillips Academy, Andover, before accepting his position last June.

Gorton, a Bridgewater State graduate, has worked for the Bruins his entire 15-year hockey career.

Gorton first worked in the team's public relations department, then became director of scouting information in 1994. Gorton was the assistant GM the last seven seasons, working mostly under former GM Mike O'Connell.

Gorton took over as interim GM March 27, 2006, after O'Connell was fired. Gorton was in the running for the full-time job until Chiarelli was hired May 26, 2006.

However, Gorton remained at the helm through the 2006 draft and the opening of free agency while Chiarelli completed his duties for the Ottawa Senators. Under Gorton's command, the Bruins signed Zdeno Chara and Marc Savard July 1, two of the league's biggest free agent acquisitions. The Bruins also signed Shean Donovan and Mark Mowers before Chiarelli officially began his stint in Boston on July 8.

Gorton could be in play to serve as Maloney's assistant in Phoenix, or he could fill Maloney's old position with the Rangers. There also are assistant GM vacancies in Edmonton and Ottawa, where Bryan Murray gave up his duties as coach and replaced GM John Muckler.

Last season, Gorton signed a one-year extension, meaning the Bruins must pay his salary in 2007-08.

Kevin Paul Dupont of the Globe staff contributed to this report; Fluto Shinzawa can be reached at FShinzawa@globe.com.

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