We’re going on close to three weeks now since the Pittsburgh Penguins fired General Manager Ray Shero, and Pens fans still wait with baited breath too see who will hired as his replacement.
With a announcement just days away, the Penguins have been moot on the subject, leaving many to speculate wildly who who could be brought in.
Let’s break down the potential candidates, in no particular order.
-Julian Brisebois of the Tampa Bay Lightning is a name that has come up a lot the last few weeks. As a GM of the Syracuse Crunch of the AHL and the Assistant GM for the Lightning, Brisebois has helped rebuild a successful team in a smaller market like Tampa Bay, and is an expert with the salary cap. He is also a skilled negotiator when it comes to contracts and the NHL labor agreement.
-Jason Botterill is currently Pittsburgh’s interim General Manager after serving as an assistant under Shero for several seasons. Another salary cap expert, Botterill is the most familiar with the current Penguins team. In addition to his business experience in the front office, Botterill served as a scout for the Dallas Stars for several years before coming to Pittsburgh.
-Pierre McGuire of NBC. I can’t believe I’m saying this, but TV analyst Pierre McGuire has had several interviews and is apparently a leading candidate for the job. McGuire has been out of hockey operations since the 90’s, where he coached the Hartford Whalers for a season, in addition to a few other short stints as a scout, assistant coach, and assistant GM.
-Paul Fenton of the Nashville Predators. Fenton spent several years as a player in the NHL before becoming a scout and front office executive. His background as a player and scout make him appealing to teams looking to rebuild through the draft. He was Shero’s replacement in Nashville when Shero left the predators in 2006 to come to Pittsburgh.
I could list about a half dozen others, but for the sake of space, I’ll limit it to those four, the five which I see as having the best chance to land the job as the next GM.