I can’t decide if this is good or bad.
Source: The Ottawa Senators announced today that the club has appointed Pierre McGuire as senior vice president of player development. He will work closely with Senators general manager Pierre Dorion and team owner Eugene Melnyk as the team continues to develop into a Stanley Cup contender. “On behalf of the entire Senators organization, I would like to welcome Pierre McGuire back to Ottawa,” said Melnyk. “We are excited to add Pierre to our hockey management group. His experience will be instrumental as we continue to build an elite team. Pierre’s knowledge of the game and its players is highly regarded and I am confident that he will positively assist our team as it progresses to the next level.” McGuire, 59, arrives in Ottawa in the midst of a long career in both hockey and broadcasting and worked most recently with NBC Sports. He began his coaching career at his alma mater, Hobart College, in Geneva, N.Y., in 1984. He originally joined the Pittsburgh Penguins in 1991 as a scout and later served as Penguins’ assistant coach. He won the Stanley Cup with Pittsburgh in 1992. He later joined the Hartford Whalers and served as an assistant coach, assistant general manager and eventual head coach with the team. McGuire started his broadcasting career as a colour commentator on Montreal Canadiens’ radio broadcasts in 1997 and has guested on a number of sports radio stations, including Senators radio partner TSN 1200, since. He began his television broadcasting career with TSN in 2002.
McGuire might possibly be the most polarizing analyst in NHL history. He’s also been pandering for an NHL front office job for about 20 years, so maybe it’s a win-win?
Pierre McGuire asked Phil Kessel about his conditioning and Kessel thought Pierre was referring to his bad breath. pic.twitter.com/AWxmxMq5uo
— Grady Sas (@GradySas) May 19, 2016
I don’t watch enough hockey to have an opinion on Pierre McGuires’ professional work but holy shit do some of you hate him.
Soak in your last moments of Pierre McGuire, NBC viewers.
Farewell, sweet prince. pic.twitter.com/OE8qXCln76
— Alex Westad (@AlexWestad) July 8, 2021
I guess if you hate the dude, the Sens just did you a favor. My understanding is the Senators were the only team dysfunctional enough to roll the dice on a guy whose coaching career consisted of the worst turn in NHL coaching history. Pierre also hasn’t worked for an NHL team for 20+ years so naming him the head of player development will be interesting.
The last time Pierre worked for an NHL team, Sleepless in Seattle was the number one movie at the Box Office, and Whitney Houston’s ‘I Will Always Love You’ was numero uno on Billboard.
He’s got some work to do.