… Thanks for the memories, Craig..

Dave Molinari of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette is reporting the penguins will announce at a 12:30 pm news conference that general manager Craig Patrick will not return.

A replacement general manager has not been named, however, the team wisely has made this choice early on in the offseason which would allow them to compete for the services of candidates.

Who would you reccommend to vice-president Ken Sawyer?? Names being mentioned at this point include: Dean Lombardi and possibly Dave Taylor, who was just fired in Los Angeles.

In addition, a few articles have been written on this very topic, a very lengthy one by Molinari himself in yesterday’s edition which detailed each aspect of the organization that needs addressed. Very well written article.

check it out on www.postgazette.com


19 Responses to … Thanks for the memories, Craig..

  1. thatleafsguy says:

    16 years on the job, thats quite the run.

  2. guinsfan4life says:

    Here are the details from the press conference that was just concluded conducted by penguins presidend Ken Sawyer;

    1. The new general manager will need to be able to work with Michel Therrien as the penguins are not expected to make a coaching change. Sawyer cited the improved play of the team down the stretch as reason for not wanting to change coaches. He cited Therrien’s brash style as having changed a bit as he has learned to mesh his style to the style of his players. In other words, Therrien has toned it down a little..

    2. The new position of general manager could lead to other positions being created; such as assistant general manager, director of player development, and perhaps a cap specialist.

    3. The timetable for hiring a new GM was not stated. When asked if it would be “disasterous” of a GM was not in place by the draft or beginning of free agency, Sawyer refuted that notion stating that it will be more difficult but hardly a “disaster”.

    4. He said that Patrick took the news professionally but at the same time knew the writing on the wall and would be willing to help transition the new general manager.

    5. In addressing the pending sale of the franchise and its’ lack of stability in pittsburgh–at least for the current moment–Sawyer said he believes the uncertaintity surrounding the franchise may worry some potential candidates, but as soon as they become aware of the young talent (Crosby, Malkin) already here or on its way, and the teams second round draft selection here this year that would put their minds at ease.

    6. Sawyer hinted that he had talked with Therrien about the possibility of adding a third coach to his staff.

    7. Patrick’s successor will be chosen based on an uncertain amount of qualifications, it is not given that the next general manager will have to have won a cup, but you would assume that he has had proven assistant GM experience or prior gm experience. He will rely on information from his contacts throughout the league and will work towards that the next two months…

    That’s about it. No mention about any names and possible candidates.

  3. JCob says:

    Patrick did a lot of good for the Pens but I think he lost the touch. I really don’t know much about the candidates that are out there but hopefully they will find a good match.

  4. guinsfan4life says:

    Unheard of in this day and age…has to be the longest tenured general manager in professional sports.

  5. TheRussianEvolution says:

    Actually I believe that would be Jon Sheurholtz, GM of the Atlanta Braves from like 1982-present

  6. guinsfan4life says:

    I checked it out, since 1981!!! That is completely insane! Patrick would be second, then, right?

  7. intelligentscorpio says:

    Craig Patrick was one of the most talented and estute GM’s of our time. He lasted 17 years. As Lemieux moves on, and may sell the team or the team be sold to someone who moves it to another city, Patrick may not wish to go along with these scenarios. Hence, it is best he step down and they find someone new.

    Patrick, you did a great job. Thanks for all the thrills and successes you had in Pittsburgh.

    Good bye and Good luck to you.

  8. guinsfan4life says:

    He didn’t step down, he was told his contract would not be renewed. By all accounts he was fired.

  9. N25philly says:

    Just so you know, Lombardi is the replacement for Dave Taylor, and is therefor not available.

  10. bleed_penguins says:

    Thanks Craigy. Never has there been a better man for the job. Good luck in your future.

  11. thinice987 says:

    While the last few years have been tough, Craig Patrick has done a great job with the Penguins.

    It was time for a change, but Craig Patrick was one of the best GM’s in hockey for many years.

    The Bruin’s should hire him, with a fresh start I am sure he can build another cup winner.

    Best of luck Craig, I grew up watching your teams … it will be weird not having you around next year.

  12. EmptyNetter says:

    Lou Lamoriello’s been longer, I think.

  13. EmptyNetter says:

    According to wikipedia:

    Lamoriello, who has been with the Devils since 1987, has served longer than any current GM in the league.

    However, Craig Patrick served as assistant coach and asst GM of the 1980 US Mens’ Olympic Hockey team.

  14. EmptyNetter says:

    8. Must be proficient in MS Word and Powerpoint. . .

    Sorry, couldn’t help it. I’m still surprised that Patrick operated without an assistant GM. I realize that it’s a bit of a luxury when you’re trying to keep team expenses as low as possible but that’s a lot more work for Patrick to handle.

  15. guinsfan4life says:

    Wasn’t Lou on the board of directors that decided the coach of that Olympic team??

    I feel like an era in penguins hockey has passed and is over; I started watching hockey when Patrick was hired. Hockey wasn’t much of anything here in pittsburgh and it has grown so much that there are tons of loyal hockey fans–and I even think they’ve replaced baseball as the #2 sport in town.

  16. guinsfan4life says:

    Yeah, actually EmptyNetter, that is one of the things the media has been calling for. The franchise needs to update itself. After Herb brooks died 2 years ago, nobody was ever put into replace him as director of player development??!?! The coaches offices in the igloo didn’t have internet access until mid season after THerrien arrived…the franchise is clearly very antiquated.

  17. guinsfan4life says:

    Gotta hope the pens look at Jim Nill, assistant GM of the Red Wings. He clearly should be the frontrunner.

  18. thinice987 says:

    Without a doubt … the Penguins are the number 2 sports team in Pittsburgh.

    Look at how many people went to see the Penguins during their down years … the Pirates have a new stadium and they don’t even have a fan base.

  19. Maximus says:

    I am glad people posted respectful comments. Afterall, Let’s not forget, the Penguins won two Stanley Cups, five division titles and a Presidents’ Trophy as the NHL’s top regular-season team under Patrick. No other GM in team history can make that statement. The Stanley Cup titles came under two different owners and two different coaches, but Patrick was the steadying influence. The Penguins also made the playoffs 11 straight seasons under Patrick.

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