Guerin hired by Wild as general manager

Guerin hired by Wild as general manager

The Minnesota Wild have hired former Pittsburgh Penguins Assistant General Manager Bill Guerin as their new General Manager.

The four-time Stanley Cup champion spent the last eight seasons in the Pittsburgh Penguins' front office.

Guerin was announced Wednesday as the fourth GM in the team's 19-year history, three weeks after predecessor Paul Fenton was sacked by owner Craig Leipold. Guerin, 48, will replace Paul Fenton, who was sacked July 30 after one season in which the Wild did not make the playoffs and staff morale hit a low.

After firing Fenton in July, Wild owner Craig Leipold originally said he hoped to hire someone with proven experience as a general manager, which obviously isn't the case with Guerin.

The Wild have found their new general manager.

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"Bill has been a victor throughout his hockey career", Wild owner Craig Leipold said in a team release. The Massachusetts native finished his career as the 13th highest-scoring American-born player and helped the United States win silver at the 2002 Olympics and upset Canada at the 1996 World Cup.

Guerin had 429 goals and 427 assists in 1,263 career games with eight different teams. "When I talk about not being a good fit, that's what I'm referring to".

Guerin, who will be introduced at a news conference at Xcel Energy Center on Thursday, immediately got to work.

"It's a great market, a great community, great fans. everything is here". Less than two hours after his hiring was announced, Minnesota signed restricted free agent Joel Eriksson Ek to a two-year, $2.975 million contract. "We all have to put the team first".

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