John Ferguson Jr. Not Going Wild

No real shocker here, as JFJ has been told he will not be interviewed for the vacant GM post with the Minnesota Wild.

“The short list includes Pittsburgh Penguins assistant GM Chuck Fletcher, TSN and NBC color analyst Pierre McGuire, longtime NHL GM and coach Pat Quinn, Nashville Predators assistant GM Paul Fenton and Wild acting GM Tom Lynn.”

That from one of my favorite hockey writers, Michael Russo. Fenton surprises me because when Craig Leopold bought the Wild, as part of his deal he was apparently prevented from hiring any Predator employee. Unless the Pred’s have given him permission to do so, then all bets are off. Chuck Fletcher was with Florida under all sorts of different regimes and is a great guy with respectful pedigree. Quinn, surprises me only in that I thought he really would want to only coach. I can’t speak to Lynn’s credentials at all. McGuire is the most intriguing name on the list. If you want to build a team from the draft up, I can’t think of anyone alive who knows more about junior aged players and up coming drafts then Pierre. How that translates into the ability to run a franchise is anyone’s guess. This will certainly be an interesting hire unfold.

Poor JFJ, still stuck as a scout. Question is can he confirm or deny that to be the case?


Russo is here

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May 5, 2009 12:29 pm

Pierre McGuire?

He may know his stuff, but does he have an off switch?

Mike S
Mike S
May 5, 2009 1:50 pm

I could maybe understand if someone wanted to hire McGuire as a coach, since he has been one in the past…………..I have no idea why someone would think that he could run a franchise, especially a multi-million dollar payroll in the salary cap era……………and just because he works a two week junior tournament every year does not mean he is a great scout of young talent (most of the players in that tourney have already been drafted anyway)…………..Bob McKenzie knows way more about draft eligible players than McGuire but I don’t see anyone going out and interviewing him to be a GM

The Meatriarchy
May 5, 2009 3:11 pm

I like McGuire but he thinks EVERY junior player is awesome. I do think he should get a shot at a front office job but AGM seems more appropriate.

May 5, 2009 4:23 pm

I too like McGuire….If he truly wants to move from coach to front office – I’m with Meatriarchy….AGM first.

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