Updates for what will be a busy week.
Dave Molinari wrote a blog about the Penguins GM search. Ton of interesting stuff. [ PG ]
Ownership’s contention that Shero lost his job, at least in part, because of poor drafting rang pretty hollow from the start, in part the 2014 draft will be handled by the same scouts who were making the selections when Shero was in charge. The only difference is, now those guys know they’re in real danger of being out of work by the end of next month – a GM has to be allowed to put together the scouting staff of his choice – which might make them less inclined to argue forcefully at the draft table on behalf of a prospect they are convinced would be an asset for the franchise.
On the same subject, Rob Rossi chimed in. [ Trib ]
Morehouse is spearheading the general manager search, though majority co-owners Mario Lemieux and Ron Burke have relied on their trusted league colleagues regarding potential candidates. That group is said to have included Montreal GM Marc Bergevin, Maple Leafs Sports & Entertainment CEO Tim Leiweke, Tampa Bay owner Jeff Vinik, and Brisson.
Both pieces touched on Bylsma’s future, Morehouse running the show, trades, etc.
With the draft about a month away expect things to heat up this week.