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Is Pierre McGuire GM Worthy?

from Jonathan Willis of The Cult of Hockey,

Other Experience: Prior to jumping into television work, Pierre McGuire was employed in a variety of capacities by NHL teams.  He started his career as a college hockey assistant coach in the mid-1980’s before getting a job as a scout with the Pittsburgh Penguins – where he picked up his two Stanley Cup rings.  From Pittsburgh, he moved to Hartford, where he was an assistant coach and eventually had a brief stint as a head coach during the 1993-94 season.  From Hartford he joined the Ottawa Senators, where he spent two seasons as a pro scout before a single season as the head coach of the ECHL’s Baton Rouge Kingfish….

What has this candidate done that makes him warrant consideration?
  Few people see as much hockey as Pierre McGuire.  He’s steeped in the game, and would bring a strong level of personal knowledge of players to the table.  As much as his personality can be a bit much on the television – something that I would argue has opened, rather than closed doors, on the whole – he knows the game well and breaks down plays in a way that many other analysts seem unable to do.

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Itrusteddrrahmani's avatar

Dear Montreal,

  Yes, Pierre is extremely qualified for this job. In fact, there is no one out there who would be a better fit.  While we will all be very saddened to see his departure for television, I think it is in the best interest of your club to hire him immediately; like right now. Oh man, it’s too bad we have Ken Holland, we would much rather have douche canoe…er i mean Mr. McGuire.  Yes yes, he would be absolutely perfect. A “monster” if you will. Hire him…now…please?...Merci?


Anyone who has ever watched a hockey game on national television.

Posted by Itrusteddrrahmani from Nyc by way of A2 on 02/21/12 at 12:22 PM ET


Thanks for saving me the time, Itrusteddrrahmani
Very well written

Posted by Zqto from Brazil on 02/21/12 at 12:39 PM ET


Upon further expection…

and breaks down plays in a way that many other analysts seem unable to do

Ah, well, cannot argue with that..  LOL
Seriously, whats up with the national broadcasts?
Is it just a bunch of suck ups, or does the regular not-so-hardcore hockey audience really dig into the crap they say??

Im asking because Im a bit curious… Like, here in Brazil, we have, for years, a “prima dona” national broadcaster, kinda the “hot-shot”... But every single person I see talking about him LOATHES him to death… I quite dont understand why the heck he gets all the big contracts, yet he does it, year after year…

The only good point was once, when someone took a cardboard or a flag (dont remember which) to a national game, that said “go fuch yourself, Galvao”, and the TV went mute for about a minute when they showed it live on national broadcast…
That was da shit!

Posted by Zqto from Brazil on 02/21/12 at 12:46 PM ET


if i was montreal i would be worried about his insane man love for mike richards.  he will probably trade 10 1st round draft picks plus subban for him.

Posted by tbassett on 02/21/12 at 12:47 PM ET

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I’ve said before and I’ll say it again: Anything that gets him off my television.

Posted by bezukov from the kids are alright. on 02/21/12 at 12:47 PM ET


I want to see this just so I can witness him having a heart attack over the enthusiam he feels over acquiring a couple mid-to-late-round draft picks for Travis Moen.

Posted by Garth on 02/21/12 at 01:08 PM ET

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Can you imagine that first game against the Cawks?  He’d order the whole team to just kneel down in front of the opponent bench and beg for mercy.  That or just forfeit the game outright.

Posted by 42jeff from The greater Taylor Tucky Metroplex on 02/21/12 at 02:19 PM ET

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He would be a great GM as long as the owner of the team that employed him barred him from acquiring Crosby or Mike Richards.

We see enough of him behind the bench, the last thing we need is him running down from the team brass luxury box and see this..

Posted by WingsFanInBeanLand from where free agents no longer dare. on 02/21/12 at 02:33 PM ET

tuxedoTshirt's avatar

This suggestion is so off-putting.  There are no words for the rage and disgust I feel right now.
Literally, I think that ANYONE else would do better.  After hearing this man speak, who actually considers him coherent or intelligent?  I would not trust this D-bag to get the skates sharpened.
To make it worse, we aren’t talking about the BJs here, we’re talking Habs…..the greatest franchise in the history of sport.  16 cups in 24 years, end of story.  They are more important to hockey history than the Yankees are to baseball.  In fact, it was Montreal hockey that got the cup donated in the first place.  The game needs this franchise back on its feet.  So they need the BEST possible GM right now, not just the only loudmouth that you can think of who identifies with MTL.  McGuire got run out of coaching, and then he got run out of the pressbox.  That’s right, he’s at ice level because the other broadcasters refused to have to sit with him.

Posted by tuxedoTshirt from the Home of the 1937 World Champions on 02/21/12 at 02:49 PM ET

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Posted by WingsFanInBeanLand from Lidstrom’s head telling him 1 more year on 02/21/12 at 11:33 AM ET

Man I needed that.  I’m sitting here cackling like a loon and the guy I share an office with is eyeing me over his monitors…

Posted by 42jeff from The greater Taylor Tucky Metroplex on 02/21/12 at 03:50 PM ET


Can’t be worse than Gauthier, can he?

Well maybe.

Whether being able to rattle off Dick Ullberg’s favorite ice cream flavor without thinking would make for a good GM is anybody’s guess, but it’s more information than Gainey seems to be operating with.

Success or tranwreck, Pierre as a GM would be fascinating to me. And I wouldn’t have to watch him waddle down the benches to distract the coaches in the middle of the game anymore, either.

Posted by larry from pitt on 02/21/12 at 06:18 PM ET


“After hearing this man speak, who actually considers him coherent or intelligent?”

Well, I mean, there’s no question Pierre’s intelligent.

Doesn’t mean he’s not still a dumbass annoying **^*%$&Y, a creepy #%*#%& and a bizarre #^$% ^$#$ who @%#$s ^&@#%$s.

Posted by larry from pitt on 02/21/12 at 06:21 PM ET

tuxedoTshirt's avatar

Actually, when a dude consistently starts a fact-rich rant that trails off and goes nowhere, and was never aimed at communicating an actual point…....I’m gonna say, not too intelligent.

Posted by tuxedoTshirt from the Home of the 1937 World Champions on 02/21/12 at 06:51 PM ET

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