Pierre McGuire has finally confirmed that he is in the process of negotiating with the Pittsburgh Penguins about coming on as the new general manager.
First confirmed in a Tweet by TSN 1050 Radio, McGuire stated “Yes, I can confirm there have been discussions with Pens management.”
— TSN 1050 Toronto (@TSN1050Radio) June 3, 2014
The Penguins fired former general manager Ray Sharp after the club was eliminated by the New York Rangers last month in the second round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. The Penguins were up 3-1 in the series and then failed to win another game, letting the Rangers come from behind and take the series.
“Management, and ownership in particular, had higher expectations over the last five years for the team that hadn’t been realized,” McGuire said. “That’s when change happens, or when they decided to make the change. It’s been a pretty fluid process throughout the last 10 days to two weeks.”
Coach Dan Bylsma is still currently on staff with the club, however he has mentioned that his fate will be in the hands of whoever is hired as the new GM.
Others in the running for the position include Tampa Bay Lightning assistant general manager Julien BriseBoise, Nashville Predators assistant general manager Paul Fenton and Penguins assistant general manager Tom Fitzgerald. Jason Botterill who is standing in as interim general manager will also be considered by the league for the position.