Friedman on 32TP talking Penguins GM search: “I think they were getting really close… I think Mathieu Darche was one person from Tampa they were taking a real hard look at, we’ll see where it goes”
– NHL Watcher (@NHL_Watcher) May 22, 2023
He has the opportunity to gobble up some experience while watching Julein BriseBois go from strength to strength, so that one day, he’ll be able to land an NHL GM job. And that day could come sooner rather than later.
In fact, right now, he seems to be a very, very popular candidate for Pittsburgh’s vacant GM position. Elliotte Friedman told his podcast this morning that the Quebecer was on the verge of getting the job with the Penguins…
But now that we know that Kyle Dubas won’t be back at the helm of the Leafs, plans have changed.
Darren Dreger revealed in the last few hours that the Fenway Group, which owns the club, has received permission to discuss and negotiate with Dubas. This comes as no surprise, as we already knew of the Penguins’ interest in the former Leafs GM.
But the discussion is interesting in that Darche is the only one named by Friedman as one of the “finalists” for the general manager’s job. I have a feeling it will come down to the Quebecer and Dubas… And I don’t think it will be long before an announcement is made.
Our colleague Charles-Alexis Brisebois mentioned it in one of his texts this morning, but it should be noted that there is a world in which the Penguins simply appoint a “field hockey boss” instead of a president. This would allow the team to have some leeway in the sense that, if one of the NHL teams is courting an employee of any kind…
Right now, it’s a little hard to imagine one of the two men we’ve been talking about (Darche and Dubas) not landing in Pittsburgh in the near future. Basically…
Maybe it’s Dubas who will have Darche’s fate in his hands. I think it’s Dubas who’s in the driver’s seat right now, in the sense that he’s being prioritized above everyone else in Pittsburgh right now.
And, if the former Leaf doesn’t “fit the bill” for whatever reason, I’m sure Darche will finally get his chance to make his mark as a GM in the NHL.
After all, he came very close to the GM position in Anaheim last year. He was also one of the serious candidates when the Canadiens and Hawks were looking for a new point man, and this indicates that he’s very close.
We’ll be keeping an eye on him in the coming days. But, as I said earlier, I don’t think it will be long before we have more details.
– They’re really laughing at everyone.
Where should the Coyotes relocate to?
– Arizona Coyotes (@ArizonaCoyotes) May 22, 2023
– Ryan Reynolds abandons plans to buy the Senators.
– Bruce Garrioch (@SunGarrioch) May 22, 2023
– More kind words for David Reinbacher.
You know you have a scouting addiction when:
You are watching Austria-Hungary on a gorgeous long weekend afternoon. And yes – Reinbacher looks solid once again.
– Grant McCagg (@grantmccagg) May 22, 2023
– Find out more about the upcoming Memorial Cup tournament:
– TVA Sports (@TVASports) May 22, 2023
– Well deserved.
Brooks Koepka, fresh off his PGA Championship win, told reporters that he’d celebrate by taking in some Stanley Cup Playoff action: “I would say [Monday] with the Panthers game, it will probably be a large tailgate. A large, long afternoon.”
– Chris Johnston (@reporterchris) May 22, 2023