Pittsburgh Penguins Assistant General Manager Bill Guerin has been named the Minnesota Wild’s new General Manager, replacing Paul Fenton who was fired in July after just 14 months on the job.
The Wild officially made the announcement this afternoon.
“I am thrilled to announce we have hired Bill Guerin, a four-time Stanley Cup champion, as General Manager of the Minnesota Wild.” — Craig Leipold
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— Minnesota Wild (@mnwild) August 21, 2019
I am thrilled to announce we have hired Bill Guerin, a four-time Stanley Cup champion, as General Manager of the Minnesota Wild,” Owner Craig Leipold said in a released statement. “Bill has been a winner throughout his hockey career and I am extremely pleased to be able to add his experience to our organization and The State of Hockey.”
Guerin who had an illustrated NHL career that deserves more Hall-of-Fame consideration than he gets, joins the Wild after spending the last eight seasons with the Pittsburgh Penguins as a front office executive, including the last five seasons as Assistant General Manager and serving as the General Manager of Wilkes-Barre/Scranton the last two years.
GUERIN QUICKLY SEPARATED HIMSELF FROM THE PACK
When the interview process started, it was widely regarded to be Ron Hextall’s job to lose, but once Guerin got in front of Minnesota officials, Guerin quickly began to separate himself from the pack. The Wild’s brass fell in love with Guerin’s vision to run the organization and execute a short and long-term plan that was closely aligned with ownership’s vision. Guerin, according to a source, did a phenomenal job in selling himself through the interview process as an executive who will bring a blend of a Ray Shero and Jim Rutherford type style to the table in how he’ll run the organization in all facets, embracing new school and old school philosophies.
Guerin last week was the only candidate to be brought back for a second interview and over the past 4-5 days, the Penguins organization has been bracing for the Wild to hire Guerin and have a plan already in place on how to handle Guerin’s duties for the 2019-2020 season. With the Penguins organization having no succession plan in place for when Jim Rutherford eventually wants to step down, it was a no-brainer for Bill Guerin to take this job. Waiting around another year or so to see if Rutherford would step down or take another role to give Guerin the ‘GM’ title just wasn’t a realistic option as Pittsburgh’s front office structure doesn’t allow the type of situation that happened in Vegas where Kelly McCrimmon was promoted to General Manager and George McPhee has taken the title of Team President. That was something Guerin always knew wasn’t going to be possible with David Morehouse entrenched as Team President.
Health permitted, Rutherford is going to try to stay on as long as he can and ride out the Sidney Crosby era.
In the present, Guerin has his work cut out for him with high priced aging stars, a fractured room and a bottom-15 prospect system, but it’s still an intriguing job for a first-time General Manager in a great market where you’ll have an owner who will spend to the cap and who will embrace bold moves. And that’s going to be the plan no matter what is spun when Guerin is introduced this week.
If Minnesota wanted to prioritize a slow re-tool and build the prospect group back up, Ron Hextall would have been their man.
The buzz worthy situation that will be monitored closely from day 1 will be the relationship between Guerin and head coach Bruce Boudreau who Paul Fenton tried to fire several times last season but was blocked by ownership. For all of Bruce Boudreau’s playoff failings, Guerin inherits a very good coach from day 1.
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Stay classy Indy! What a terrible fan base.
https://pghunfiltered.com/2019/08/23/bill-guerin-asserts-dominance-as-wild-gm-by-scrapping-with-every-employee-he-sees/?fbclid=IwAR0V9OvxjzBDPEUSEAT7t1ZJzfH9YpFoaUnGaNG6yCWQMMiewNRpVXYN29g for a laugh.
3 of 5, I like satire but this wasnt aces.
yeah but worth the laugh besides beats looking at the pre pre season bickering on here.
Tlaib, AOC, and Omar are basically campaigning for Trump
Watching don lemon on CNN is like watching a late night comedy show like Conan O’Brien ,Jimmy Kimmel etc…
How far has JJ gotten cross country so far?
Not far enough.
Can’t believe Bill Guerin is a Wilds, and Trump keeps killing it. Weird world we live in.
Russia, if youre listening, I hope youre able to find the 501,000 jobs that are missing.
Serial killer who murdered 6 gay men along the US east coast in 1994. To be executed on Florida today.
Very random post from the weird French guy. Odd. Sad.
“Just like in my generation when I got out of school, when Bobby Kennedy and Dr. King had been assassinated, in the ’70s, late 70 when I got engaged,” -Joe Biden
Brassard is now an Islander. Lol.
1.2 Million only, Dude is clearly not the guy we thought we would be getting but he still hit 15 goals and 23 points during a very unstable year. His footspeed should be a concern for NYIs speed game as some of his issues seemed related to an inability to get to where he needed to be the way he was able to in the past. Still… 1.2 Million is a somewhat low risk play for a depth option. It can still go bad for them but 1 year at 1.2? Meh
The Islanders are going to take a massive step back this year.
So are the pens
You have said this every year since they fired Therrien…. 3 cups later
You must be mistaking me with yoda.
youre both immensely stupid so… it is possible
Good luck to Billy G. Pens aren’t losing much though.
What does illustrated career mean?
Really bad for the Pens long term. Hopefully JR can swing a deal to move away from JJ and find a way to salvage his last few years because if he cannot find success he will leave the team with a lot of nothing once he is gone
He already left the team with nothing. He knows he is one the way out soon and it will no longer be his problem. This was a dumb move on the Penguin’s brass. The next GM they get better be much younger bc this team is going to need a lot of rebuilding in less then 2 yrs. The closet is empty, the AHL is depleted and there is nothing amazing to look forward to coming down the pike. Good luck Billy G!!! Can you sneak JJ in your suite case?
It’ll will be an ugly rebuild but with any luck they will land next to a generational player draft and build in a few years like they did in the early 2000s. I know it felt like forever but they only missed 2002 to 2006 and that 2006 team was ripe with the core of this current group.
There is still potential for moves to start collecting picks in another few years… hopefully they can squeak one more out of this group.
Letang can get us some picks
Letang is one hit away from talking like Sam(e).
Billy G is the GM of WBS. Them being depleted is a knock on him. He hasn’t done anything great tangibly. We have minimal talent in the minors and he’s one of the reasons why.
They had the chance to sign julien brisbois and they chose GMJR over him
You really are an ignorant troll who does not understand the ins and outs of sports and what it takes to build winning teams. Go worry about the WWE….
And Brisbois has done nothing but fucken fail lol. Christ he’s in a state with zero tax and still can’t build a winner. JR retooled for 2….
Solid hire. Suck it Dusty.
i think craig liepold is thrilled to announce he has hired bill guerin