While the Capitals filled their general manager and head coaching vacancies last month when they promoted Brian MacLellan and hired Barry Trotz, there are still a number of high profile job openings around the NHL.
The Pittsburgh Penguins remain without a general manager, but according to TSN’s Darren Dreger, Penguins ownership has narrowed its list of candidates down to just a few finalists.
Longtime TV analyst and former Penguins scout and assistant coach Pierre McGuire has acknowledged that he is in the running for the position and has met multiple times with Penguins management to discuss his candidacy.
The admission comes after McGuire initially said that he has “honor” and would not pursue a job that once belonged to his close friend Ray Shero. So what changed?
“I’ll tell you right now what happened,” McGuire told TSN Radio 690 in Montreal. “Ray Shero picked up the phone and said ‘there are 30 of these jobs, you’d be crazy not to go for it.’”
In addition to his work with the Penguins, McGuire was head coach of the Hartford Whalers during the 1993-94 season, and worked with the Ottawa Senators as a scout and assistant coach from 1994-96.
McGuire has not worked for an NHL team since the mid 90s, although he has previously interviewed with the Minnesota Wild and Montreal Canadiens.
NHL on NBC executive producer Sam Flood said on a conference call this week that McGuire is expected to broadcast the entire Stanley Cup Final whether or not he is hired by the Penguins.
ESPN.com’s Pierre LeBrun reports that former Carolina Hurricanes general manager Jim Rutherford is also in the running for the Penguins GM position, as are assistant GMs Julien Brisebois of the Tampa Bay Lightning and Paul Fenton of the Nashville Predators.
Rutherford spent 20 seasons with the Hartford Whalers / Carolina Hurricanes franchise and was the second longest tenured GM in the NHL behind only New Jersey Devils GM Lou Lamoriello.
Pittsburgh is coming off a second straight regular-season division title, but the Penguins have not won a game beyond the second round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs since 2009 when they hoisted Lord Stanley’s mug from Joe Louis Arena in Detroit.