While the Penguins’ cloak-of-darkness search for a general manager has no known timetable for being completed, there is reason to believe enough progress has been made that the team could soon name a replacement for Ray Shero, who was fired May 16.
Several names have surfaced, and the Penguins have been conducting interviews. Those who are believed to have received interest or have been interviewed — or both — include:
• Tampa Bay assistant general manager Julien BriseBois, 37, who is considered one of the top young minds in hockey. A lawyer who also has an MBA, BriseBois practiced sports law before joining the Montreal Canadiens, where he climbed from the team’s director of legal affairs to vice president of hockey operations. He has been with the Lightning, working with general manager Steve Yzerman in all areas of team management the past four seasons.
• Penguins interim general manager Jason Botterill, 38, a salary cap specialist whose role as assistant general manager and director of hockey administration grew to include scouting, player development and contract negotiations. He also serves as general manager of American Hockey League affiliate Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. Botterill is the only candidate acknowledged by the Penguins.
• Nashville assistant general manager Paul Fenton, 54, who has spent the past 16 years working with Predators general manager David Poile in areas such as amateur player development, management of the scouting staff and serving as general manager of AHL affiliate Milwaukee.
• Penguins assistant to the general manager Tom Fitzgerald, 45, who also worked behind the bench as an assistant from February 2009 through the team’s Stanley Cup run that year. Fitzgerald, who played in 1,079 NHL games, has monitored Penguins prospects at all amateur and pro levels.
• National broadcast analyst Pierre McGuire, 52, a former Penguins scout who was an assistant coach with them when they won the Stanley Cup in 1992. McGuire coached at the college and NHL level from the mid-1980s until the mid-1990s, mostly as an assistant but with a 67-game stint as head coach of the NHL Hartford Whalers in 1993-94. With NBC Sports, he often works national telecasts by offering analysis from between the team benches. He previously was a hockey analyst for Canada’s TSN. He is known for having a sharp hockey mind and for being well connected within the NHL.
No one from the club is commenting publicly about the search.
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