The Minnesota Wild have welcomed another former New Jersey Devil into their ranks. This time his name isn’t Zach Parise, although, this newest addition has reached hockey’s mountain top and raised a Stanley Cup with Jersey’s team. He also won’t be wearing a sweater and skates to games. Instead, he’ll be watching from afar in a suite enjoying his new position of power.
The Minnesota Wild announced on Wednesday that they named Bill Guerin as their new general manager. For the past few seasons, Guerin had been serving as the Pittsburgh Penguins’ assistant general manager. After being with the Penguins for their recent success, the expanded role should prove an easy transition for Guerin.
Although Guerin ended his career and captured his final championship as a player with Pittsburgh, he began his career and experienced much success with the Devils. He was the Devils’ first-round pick, fifth overall, in 1989 and would go onto to help the franchise win its first Stanley Cup in 1995. That championship was the only one he would see in New Jersey, as he was traded to the Edmonton Oilers in the middle of the 1997-98 season.
Guerin has his work seemingly cut out for him. The once promising-looking Minnesota Wild seemed destined for a rebuild. The aging mega contracts of former Devils’ captain Zach Parise and Ryan Suter aren’t helping matters. Considering Guerin had success in the back seat during the Penguins recent back-to-back championships, he brings valuable knowledge to the state of hockey to get the job done.
Guerin currently isn’t the only former Devils with the reins of an NHL franchise. Vegas Golden Knights president of hockey operations George McPhee had a short stint with the Devils during the 1980s. Also interestingly enough, Guerin’s immediate predecessor, Tom Kurvers who had been serving as Minnesota’s interim general manager, also spent a few seasons with the Devils in the late 1980s.