Pittsburgh, PA, United States (4E Sports) – Television hockey analyst Pierre McGuire has confirmed talks with the Pittsburgh Penguins for their vacant general manager position.
“Yes, I can confirm there have been discussions with Pens management,” said McGuire, who served as Penguins scout in 1990.
McGuire was also an assistant under coach Scotty Bowman as Pittsburgh won Stanley Cup titles in 1991 and 1992.
The Penguins fired Ray Shero as general manager last month after they were ousted in the Eastern Conference semifinals by the New York Rangers, the team’s latest playoff shortcoming.
Pittsburgh opted to retain coach Dan Bylsma, saying his status would be evaluated. Bylsma is 252-117-32 since taking over the Penguins in the middle of the 2008-09 season.
“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.”
McGuire, who works for NBC Sports, is one of at least five candidates for the GM job.