We’re pretty funny guys. Except Mantooth of course… He’s not that funny at all.
All laughing aside, I’m totally serious when I say John Fergusson JR is reportedly being considered for the vacant General Manager position within the Minnesota Wild organization.
I’m unsure how seriously he’s being considered, but I think it’s safe to say the Wild have officially begun their GM search following Doug Risebrough’s dismissal last month. Some of the other (and probably more qualified) candidates include Pat Quinn, Jay Feaster, and TSN/NBC Monster, Pierre McGuire.
On Tuesday afternoon, McGuire confirmed he is on the shortlist for GM candidates. Love him or hate him, Pierre’s passion for hockey is rivaled only by Jim Balsillie’s desire to move an NHL franchise to Canada. I like this idea and I think he’d be a great Monster GM for the Wild.
(Yeah, the Monster jokes are only just beginning)
It seems like the NHL recycles through the same coaches/GM’s who’ve consistently won as many games in the NHL as they’ve lost. Great, your new coach/GM has a .500 winning percentage. That’s a good performance, but not a Monster performance. And trust me – you want to be a Monster performer. I realize you need qualified guys running teams, but look at the impact new/fresh Monsters made for the Ottawa Senators, Pittsburgh Penguins and San Jose Sharks (regular season only) this season.
We heavily blame the salary cap for league parity, but I think the fact the same coaches/GM’s are constantly rehired through many organizations plays a role in it, too. You’d think teams are thinking it’s environmentally friendly the way some league veterans are recycled.
McGuire’s impact to the Wild organization would be a positive shock to a team that many feel are boring inside-and-out. And just think about the impact McGuire could have on the organization:
- Sit between benches to organize trades between teams
- Ensure all interviews with Wild players focus on Monster plays and escape-ability
- Replace game three stars with Monster of the game
The possibilities are endless! And maybe it’d be enough to keep Marian Gaborik around for a year or two longer.
Stay classy, Pierre McGuire.