Wild to hire Guerin as 4th GM in franchise history
- The Minnesota Wild will reportedly hire former NHL star Bill Guerin as its fourth general manager in franchise history, according to The Athletic’s Michael Russo.
- NHL Network’s Kevin Weeks was first to report the two sides were close to a deal.
- We’ll give credit to Kevin as he tweeted the news 25 minutes before Michael.
- Michael Russo of The Athletic adds that Guerin is “flying to Minnesota Wednesday to finalize his contract” and could be introduced later this week.
- Guerin, 48, comes to the Wild after seven years in the Pittsburgh Penguins front office, including the last four as assistant GM.
- He replaces Paul Fenton, who the Wild fired at the end of July after only one season on the job.
- Guerin will be given a very different task than in Pittsburgh.
- He must try to rescue a ship that has taken on water over the last two years and start sailing it back in the right direction.
- The team still has some good young players and veteran talent but have seemed to waver between rebuilding and contending without accomplishing either.
- Fenton for instance was allowed to sign Mats Zuccarello to a five-year, $30MM deal just before being relieved of his duties,
- A deal that comes with quite a bit of risk for a club that found itself out of the playoff race last season.
- The fact that the new GM is coming in just a few weeks from training camp makes it an even more difficult task, and one that is rarely seen around the NHL.
- What this means for head coach Bruce Boudreau and the rest of the front office is unclear, though Russo notes that Tom Kurvers who had been working as the interim GM is expected to stay on in some capacity.
- He won two Stanley Cups as a player with the Devils (1995) and Penguins (2009) and two more with the Penguins (2016 and ’17) as an executive.
Bill Guerin – U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame Introduction
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