Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 06/03/14 at 08:57 AM ET
from Joe Starkey of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,
Pierre has friends and enemies in the game. That is normal when you've been navigating the NHL's shark-infested waters as long as he has. He knows everybody. He's a legendary schmoozer.
Do I think he's the right person to replace Ray Shero as Penguins general manager?
Wow. That is a question I never dreamed we'd be pondering. Pierre is the talk of the town in the wake of his second interview with Penguins brass, including co-owners Ron Burkle and Mario Lemieux, this past weekend.
As early as Tuesday, the Penguins could name a GM.
What if it's Pierre?
I am of two minds. One says, “Bad idea, PR nightmare.” The other says, “Why not?”
Perhaps unfairly, I tend to view Pierre the way I viewed Russ Grimm when he was after the Steelers coaching job. Both seem more like the guy who buys you a beer and talks about the organization rather than the guy actually leading it.
Pierre is a media guy. Has been for a long time. He's one of us!
He also has a pleasantly quirky personality that could lead one to believe he is more suited for court jester than king.
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