A look at potential candidates for the Penguins' GM job
Looking for only their third general manager since 1989, the Penguins believe some of the NHL's best candidates will come to them. The last two men to hold the job, Craig Patrick (1989-2006) and Ray Shero (2006-2014), won the franchise's three Stanley Cup titles.
“We don't have anybody particular in mind,” CEO David Morehouse said Friday after announcing Shero's termination.
Penguins beat reporter Rob Rossi has a few candidates in mind who likely will intrigue the Penguins most.
Current job: Interim GM (Penguins)
Notable: He knows the Penguins' prospect pipeline best, is familiar with the type of organization ownership wants to run and has a fan in Morehouse. Botterill, 37, is among a group of young, salary-cap savvy assistants deemed on the verge of landing a big gig. Shero thought he was ready for Buffalo's vacancy this past season.
Current job: Assistant GM (Tampa Bay)
Notable: He has emerged as a rising star for his knowledge of the labor contract and salary cap. Penguins majority co-owners Mario Lemieux and Ron Burkle have developed a friendship with Lightning owner Jeff Vinik. BriseBois, 37, is a hot commodity but also has resume similar to Botterill.
Current job: GM (Montreal)
Notable: His hometown Canadiens are in the Eastern Conference final, and his two-year run has exceeded expectations outsiders had when Montreal hired him from Chicago. Seemingly, it would take a lot to pry Bergevin, 48, from Montreal, but his best friend is Lemieux — and Montreal does not have Sidney Crosby to build around.
Current job: Assistant GM (Los Angeles)
Notable: Blake gained respect among league GMs during his three-year stint with NHL Player Safety. He has only one year of experience running Los Angeles' AHL affiliate. Burkle, though, is familiar with Blake, who is a Southern California hockey icon. Blake, 44, probably will need a strong support staff that includes a salary cap expert and contract negotiator.
Current job: GM (Phoenix)
Notable: The constant ownership drama never has prevented Maloney, 55, from constructing a competitive club. The Coyotes are two years removed from the Western Conference final, and their pool of prospects and young players is considered among the NHL's best. What could he do with the big-money backing of Burkle and Lemieux? They may be wondering the same thing.