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– Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) June 3, 2023
More and more in the NHL, the hiring of a single general manager is becoming less and less popular. Indeed, in recent years, presidents of field hockey operations (we’ll call them POHs in the text for ease of reading) have greatly helped to lighten the load for GMs.
When Kent Hughes was hired by the Montreal Canadiens, many thought that he was merely the French-speaking figure in the team’s management, while Jeff Gorton would be in charge of the majority of decisions.
However, during an episode of the 32 Toughts Podcast with Jeff Marek and Elliotte Friedman, the two insiders discussed the situation of Kyle Dubas, the Pittsburgh Penguins’ new POH.
It’s a bold statement, though, because to say that the general manager would be useless is a bit far-fetched.
I understand Friedman’s point, because Dubas is hungry for victory and will do anything to do better than the Toronto Maple Leafs next season.
“Technically, Patrik Allvin was the general manager, but we all know that it was Jim Rutherford who made all the transactions. That’s what we expect to see from Pittsburgh with Dubas.” – Jeff Marek
Friedman also adds that Dubas and the Penguins, or the Fenway Sports group that owns the franchise, will want to add a third person to management to fill the last of the organization’s three vacant positions.
He believes they’ll want to add someone fresh and new, and the name that seems most plausible would be Jason Spezza, joining his former GM.
However, as Friedman explains around 9:30 p.m., Toronto could technically block his hiring by the Pens. On the other hand, he could instead be hired by the Fenway Group to get around the situation, since it’s a company in its own right.
We’ll have a better idea of the impact of the Pens’ next GM next season.
– Bedard is already surrounded by trophies.
The Connor Bedard Show at the annual CHL Gala. Three trophies, including Player of the Year.
The most surprising? Best professional prospect. I never would have thought! pic.twitter.com/76EwM5HZPD
– Kevin Dubé (@KDubeJDQ) June 3, 2023
– The killer question: Rest versus rust.
Rest vs Rust. The constant debate. I’d be interested to know if these teams won Game 1 of those series? And maybe first two games for that matter. I’ll let our @SNstats handle that for ya. https://t.co/1A2XU4tX8Z
– John Bartlett (@BartsBytes) June 3, 2023
Absurd end to Chicago game. pic.twitter.com/FzVzI843hb
– Alexandre Pratt (@alexandrepratt) June 3, 2023
– After winning Game 1 of the Finals, the Denver Nuggets coach believes his team didn’t play well enough.
“I’m worried about the things that we have to do better.”
Denver Nuggets head coach Michael Malone discusses the team’s NBA Finals Game 1 against the Miami Heat, saying he didn’t think the group played that well. ⤵️ pic.twitter.com/SLlrv5nS9f
– Sportsnet (@Sportsnet) June 3, 2023
– Connor Bedard’s Blackhawks uniform will have to wait.
“Unless you can prove your last name is Bedard and your favorite number is 98… “😅 https://t.co/RqLY6m8dDd
– TVA Sports (@TVASports) June 3, 2023