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Crosby agent Brisson not interested in Penguins' GM job

| Monday, May 19, 2014, 6:15 p.m.

Pat Brisson will not be joining Sidney Crosby in Pittsburgh.

Brisson, Crosby's agent, said he is not interested in replacing Ray Shero as the Penguins' general manager.

“I wasn't pursuing it,” Brisson said in an email on Monday. “I will continue doing what I'm doing.”

Brisson, 49, is one of the NHL's most powerful player agents, representing Crosby and Chicago captain Jonathan Toews, among others. He was on the Penguins' radar because ownership believes his extensive experience as an agent could translate to front-office success. He was also an early target during the search that ended with Shero's hiring in May 2006.

Brisson is a longtime friend of Penguins majority co-owner Mario Lemieux, and over the past decade has become close with Lemieux's principal partner, Ron Burkle. Brisson is based out of Los Angeles. Burkle owns a home in Beverly Hills.

Brisson worked with Burkle and Crosby to try ending the NHL lockout in December 2012. That bid fell short, but the lockout ended a month later.

The Penguins fired Shero on Friday after his eighth season. CEO David Morehouse said there is no time frame to find a replacement, but the next general manager will determine the fate of coach Dan Bylsma and his assistants.

Bylsma and the assistants remain under contract. The Penguins also have, for now, retained all members of hockey operations hired by Shero, who has declined comment since his firing.

Former assistant general manager Jason Botterill is Shero's interim replacement and will be considered for the job, Morehouse said.

Note: Defenseman Kris Letang did not suffer a broken foot during Round 2 of the Stanley Cup playoffs, his agent Kent Hughes said Monday. A report out of Canada had Letang dealing with a broken foot in addition to the left hand that was broken during a Game 7 loss to the New York Rangers.

Rob Rossi is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. Reach him at rrossi@tribweb.com or via Twitter @RobRossi_Trib.

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