By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Guerin comes to the Wild after working for the Pittsburgh Penguins the last eight seasons. He replaces Paul Fenton, who was fired on July 30th.
“The only teams that win are teams that put the team first,” Guerin said. “We all have to put the team first. Anybody’s individual agenda comes second. The team winning comes first and foremost, and that’s it. Everybody sacrifices their personal interest for the betterment of the team.”
Guerin has received a multi-year deal when he accepted this position. Before this appointment, he was the Penguins Assistant GM for the last five seasons.
As a member of the Penguins front office, Pittsburgh won the Stanley Cup in 2016 and 2017. In addition, he also won two Stanley Cups as a player – 1995 with the New Jersey Devils and 2009 with the Penguins.
“Bill has been a winner throughout his hockey career, and I am extremely pleased to be able to add his experience to our organization and the State of Hockey,” Wild owner Craig Leipold said.
Guerin’s job now is to get the Wild back to the playoffs. Minnesota went 37-36-9 for 83 points in 82 games during the 2018-19.
That was the first-time they missed the playoffs since the 2011-12 season when the team went 35-36-11 for 81 points.
“I was fortunate enough to work under a lot of great people in Pittsburgh that gave me an opportunity,” Guerin said. “I enjoyed going through those steps and learning from everybody along the way. It’s all experience, and you need that experience to prepare you for this job.
“It’s something new every day, no matter what role you have in hockey operations, whether it’s player development, assistant GM, general manager of an American [Hockey] League team, whatever it is, something new comes up every single day, and you have to deal with it and you have to make it right.”
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