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NBC hockey analyst Pierre McGuire among candidates for Penguins' GM job

Pierre McGuire has been hockey analyst with NBC since 2006.  (Cal Sport Media via AP Images) Former NHL assistant Pierre McGuire has been hockey analyst with NBC since 2006. (Cal Sport Media via AP Images)

NBC hockey analyst Pierre McGuire said in a radio appearance that he is one of a reported five candidates to be the next Pittsburgh Penguins general manager.

McGuire was once a scout and assistant coach for the Penguins and was on the bench for the team's Stanley Cup winning teams in 1991 and 1992.

  “Yes, I can confirm there have been discussions with Pens management," McGuire said during an appearance on Toronto’s TSN radio affiliate.

The Penguins fired Ray Shero on May 16 after the Penguins were eliminated by the New York Rangers in the Eastern Conference Semifinals. The team decided retain coach Dan Bylsma, saying his status would be evaluated later when the team hires a new general manager.

“Management, and ownership in particular, had higher expectations over the last five years for the team that hadn’t been realized,” McGuire said, via the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “That’s when change happens, or when they decided to make the change.

“It’s been a pretty fluid process throughout the last 10 days to two weeks.”

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