While the Minnesota Wild’s search for a new General Manager to replace the recently fired Paul Fenton could last a couple more weeks before a decision is made, Pittsburgh Penguins Assistant GM Bill Guerin has emerged as a serious candidate for the position, multiple league sources confirm.

Guerin went into the interview process viewed as a longshot candidate in the eyes of many executives around the league but that view of Guerin has since changed over the last week as Guerin has put himself in position where league executives are now calling him a lock to be one of the top-3To read this insider news, subscribe to get “Inside Access”!

While working under Ray Shero and Jim Rutherford has been seen as a major strength for Guerin in this particular situation, sources say what the Wild are enamored with is Guerin’s communication and people skills in a belief he would be the total opposite from Paul Fenton in how he would run the organization from communicating the right way with players, to being able to diffuse locker room issues that plagued Minnesota all season, and another factor the Wild brass see in Guerin is the ability to get a front office group under him that will believe in him from the get go and actually be part of the decision making process.

These are areas the Wild are putting just as much stock as anything in evaluating candidates after how poor To read this insider news, subscribe to get “Inside Access”!