Penguins notebook: Agent takes name out of running for GM post
May 19, 2014 9:48 PM
Kris Letang took questions from reporters in the locker room Thursday last week at Consol Energy Center.
By Shelly Anderson / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
The Penguins’ search for a new general manager apparently still is in the early stages, but you can cross one name off the list of prospective candidates.
Agent Pat Brisson indicated by email Monday he is not a candidate.
Brisson, of Creative Arts Agency, represents Penguins center and team captain Sidney Crosby, Chicago star forwards Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane, and many others in the NHL. He is based in Los Angeles.
Penguins Hall of Fame center and now co-owner Mario Lemieux and Brisson are longtime friends.
Brisson said in the email that he “never pursued the position” with the Penguins and added, “I’m happy to be at CAA and to continue representing players.”
Two years ago, his name came up when his hometown Montreal Canadiens were looking for a general manager. The Canadiens hired Marc Bergevin.
Friday, the Penguins fired Ray Shero after eight years as general manager. They retained coach Dan Bylsma, who is under contract for two more seasons but whose long-term status will be determined by the incoming general manager.
Neither Shero nor Byslma has spoken publicly since Friday’s announcement, and the Penguins said no plan was in place for Bylsma to address his situation.
Assistant general manager Jason Botterill is serving as interim general manager.
Another Letang injury
Defenseman Kris Letang revealed last week that he got a broken left hand in the Game 7 loss against the New York Rangers that ended the Penguins season.
It turns out he also was injured in Game 6 against the Rangers when he took a shot off of his foot. Although there was a report out of Montreal that Letang’s foot is broken and he won’t be able to work out for four weeks, the Penguins indicated that there is no reason to believe the injury is anything long term.
Letang said last week that he expected to keep his regular offseason workout routine.
Malkin joins Team Russia
Center Evgeni Malkin joined Team Russia for a practice Monday in Minsk and is expected to play against host Belarus today at the International Ice Hockey Federation world championships. It’s the final preliminary-round game for Russia, which is 6-0 and guaranteed a spot in the playoff round.
Malkin is the only player who went to the world championships after the Penguins’ postseason run ended last week.
At practice Monday, Malkin was the last player off of the ice and was greeted by a group of reporters, according to the IIHF website.
“Right after the [NHL] playoffs I was feeling very down, but the next day I already felt better,” Malkin said, according to the IIHF. “When [Russian coach] Oleg Znarok called, I was delighted to be invited to the team.
“It’s especially good to be coming back to Minsk. It feels like a hometown for me after we won the [under-18] world championship here in 2004. I’ve got some really fond memories of this city.”
Malkin could have been seen as a replacement for Washington winger Alex Ovechkin, who was helped from the ice Sunday and taken to a hospital in an ambulance after he got clipped in the right knee by a German player. An MRI, however, showed no ligament damage and, while he is questionable for the game today, Ovechkin has remained with Team Russia.
Pouliot has shoulder injury
The Penguins said they will release information about prospect Derrick Pouliot’s shoulder injury when more is known.
The defenseman, a first-round draft pick in 2012, was scheduled to join Wilkes-Barre/Scranton for the American Hockey League playoffs, but he got hurt during the Western Hockey League tournament final.
Pouliot, who played for the junior Portland Winterhawks, was named WHL defenseman of the year. He had 17 goals, 70 points in 58 games.
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