Former Pittsburgh Penguins General Manager Craig Patrick, the architect of two Stanley Cups in the early 1990‚Äôs has contacted the Minnesota Wild to express his interest in the Wild‚Äôs GM job, a league source tells Inside Pittsburgh Sports.
Patrick, the Penguins general manager from 1989-2006 has only interviewed for two GM jobs since being let go from the Penguins in the spring of 2006.
Patrick has not ruled out getting back into the game in the role of an advisor or assistant GM but Patrick did decline an offer from the Tampa Bay Lightning this past summer, to work as an advisor under current GM Brian Lawton
As for Penguins assistant GM Chuck Fletcher, sources tell Inside Pittsburgh Sports Fletcher remains
under consideration as the Wild are in the beginning stages of trimming their list from 25 to 10 candidates. The Wild conducted a conference call with Fletcher early this week.
GMs Pat Quinn, Doug MacLean and Jay Feaster, along with former Hartford Whalers coach/ Hockey Analyst Pierre McGuire are among a group of 20 candidates to express an interest in Minnesota.
Fletcher and Patrick are not candidates for the Colorado Avalanche’s GM job.