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Pierre McGuire was runner-up for Montreal GM job

May 2, 2012, 8:54 AM EDT

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While news leaked out very early this morning about Montreal naming Blackhawks assistant GM Marc Bergevin to be their new GM, (now confirmed by the Canadiens) the one curious name in the running was NBC’s Pierre McGuire.

McGuire was a GM in the early 90s with the Hartford Whalers but has since become a major personality on TV as an analyst. On CJAD radio out of Canada, McGuire confirmed to Sports Illustrated’s Michael Farber he was the runner-up for the Canadiens job. McGuire was also in the running for the job with Lightning assistant GM Julien Brisebois. Brisebois confirmed to RDS’ Renaud Lavoie that he also was turned down for the job.

McGuire’s been close to landing GM jobs in the past, but this opportunity with Montreal was the closest he’s come in years. While we’re more than happy to have McGuire stay on TV and fill us with information during broadcasts, you have to feel for him because he’s come so close to landing a GM job just to fall short.

  1. charlutes - May 2, 2012 at 9:03 AM

    hahahaha Pierre McGuire? the Canadians have hit rock bottom. though he’s the only ferret I’ve ever known to be able to speak, he’s also the most annoying ferret in all the ferret kingdoms.

  2. broadstbully33 - May 2, 2012 at 9:08 AM

    come on montreal! we were so close to getting this douche of tv with his pointless questions and statements during games……i hit mute like 50 times already during playoffs

  3. lonespeed - May 2, 2012 at 9:31 AM

    Crap. I wish he would have gotten the job. I compare Pierre McGwire to the new mother / daughter Verizon commercial. I don’t know which is more annoying and I see way too much of both on television during playoff hockey.

    • challer9 - May 2, 2012 at 11:22 AM

      Glad I’m not the only one who can’t stand that stupid commercial. The thing that kills me is Verizon thinks it’s a good idea to play that garbage constantly during NHL games. Yeah, your average NHL fan can really relate to that commercial.

  4. pavelfitzgerald - May 2, 2012 at 9:42 AM

    As viewers we’re not more then happy to have him on tv. I was glad he moved from TSN to NBC. You can not deny the man’s hockey knowledge but man he’s annoying & creepy. I’ll never forget one World Juniors where they showed a picture of a player when he was 4 years old (& McGuire never saw the picture in advance) & he named the player instantly. Even his fellow commentators thought it was a bit much

  5. freebie717 - May 2, 2012 at 9:50 AM

    He probably lost the job when he finished all of his answers with “Whattaya think Edzo?”

  6. bobhpine - May 2, 2012 at 9:51 AM

    marc bergevin must feel like the smartest guy in a roomful of mollusks

  7. wicky888 - May 2, 2012 at 10:27 AM

    Good, go get a GM job Pierre, and take Millbury with you. Tired of both of your idiotic ramblings

  8. couturierfellatesguys - May 2, 2012 at 10:54 AM

    this guy sucks, he should be the GM for the filthadelphian flygirls

  9. kotteintheslot - May 2, 2012 at 11:27 AM

    But if Pierre McGuire left NBC, what would happen to Pierre McGuire drinking game?

    • drunkbro - May 2, 2012 at 1:30 PM

      dude i love playing the pierre drinking game.. it makes him bareable

    • wicky888 - May 2, 2012 at 1:37 PM

      How do you play?

  10. dougr42 - May 2, 2012 at 11:28 AM

    Dammit, now I have to keep listening to him on TV. “get out there and have some fun.” He sounds like a creepy uncle when he’s doing interviews.

  11. quizguy66 - May 2, 2012 at 12:10 PM

    This is the genius who observed last night that the Flyers were “comfortable” with the pace of the game while the Devils were bombarding them with shots and held them without one for the first 18 1/2 minutes of the 2nd period.


  12. bloggersarenotjournalists - May 2, 2012 at 12:15 PM

    Remember when the Lions when with a TV guy?

  13. wethog66 - May 2, 2012 at 12:25 PM

    This is a joke right?

  14. lsxphotog - May 2, 2012 at 12:43 PM



  15. etjla - May 2, 2012 at 12:45 PM

    I still say put a yellow with brown striped shirt on him and he could pass for Charlie Brown’s twin.

  16. chaser44 - May 2, 2012 at 1:18 PM

    He didnt take the job b/c it would be a conflict of interest of him to continue to constantly felate cindy crosby.

  17. kitshky - May 2, 2012 at 2:51 PM

    I love Pierre McGuire, Mario called him the best x’s&o’s coach he ever had. His indepth knowledge of the game and the players involved at literally every level (even Pee Wee apparently) is unreal.

    His energy, passion, and love for this game is undeniable and hard to match anywhere … and yes ..he can take it a level that maaaay be referred to as “creepy”.

    Having admitted his “creepiness” though, I don’t think anyone can honestly compare him to Milbury. They’re not even in the same class.

    Milbury is a disingenious blowhard who is pathetically focused on making a name for himself as a controversial public figure, while McGuire is just literally is so excited about the game that he comes off like he’s been on a coke bender or the past 14 years.

    • freebie717 - May 2, 2012 at 3:51 PM

      Pierre? Is that you?

  18. creasemasta41 - May 2, 2012 at 3:19 PM

    I really wish he got the job, then i wouldn’t have to see him on tv

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