Don Sweeney, Paul Fenton, and The Great One
The Capitals’ search for a new general manager continues, and while the process is pretty hush-hush, some details have gotten out.
Elliotte Friedman’s 30 Thoughts column names several candidates for new Caps GM, including Don Sweeney, Paul Fenton, and Ray Shero. He also mentions that Wayne Gretzky could be brought in to run the organization:
10. Boston’s Peter Chiarelli might be getting lonely. It would be no surprise if he lost Benning and several sources indicate another valuable member of his staff, Don Sweeney, interviewed in Washington. (Chiarelli declined to comment).
11. Didn’t expect to hear much about the Capitals until after the NBA Wizards were eliminated, which happened late last week to Indiana. There were a lot of conflicting rumours about their openings, but Sweeney was interviewed and it sounds like Nashville’s [Assistant GM] Paul Fenton was too. (Glenn Healy reported last week Fenton also met with the Canucks). Of course, Shero’s availability alters everything. If he’d stayed in Pittsburgh and Bylsma was out, the belief was Shero would chase Barry Trotz, since they worked together in Nashville. It sure makes sense for Washington, but as I write this, there is no evidence it is close to reality.
12. The toughest part of this search is determining where things stand with Wayne Gretzky. There definitely were conversations, but it’s hard to pin down what’s happening. One of the considerations for Washington is who would run the organization with him. CSN Washington’s Chuck Gormley mentioned Sportsnet’s Doug MacLean, and it makes sense. Again, though, it’s tough to know for sure.
The Score says of Bruins Assistant GM Don Sweeny :
Sweeney, a former NHL defenseman who spent 15 seasons playing for the Bruins during his playing career, oversees player development for the Bruins in addition to having “a supervisory role in the day-to-day operations of the hockey department” per Bruins.nhl.com.
That leaves us with a short, and probably not comprehensive list of candidates. Here’s a quick rundown on each.
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