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Agent Pat Brisson isn’t interested in being Penguins’ GM

May 19, 2014, 12:12 PM EDT

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When the Pittsburgh Penguins announced that Ray Shero was fired from his post as the team’s general manager, player agent Pat Brisson was floated as a possible successor. It looks like he doesn’t want the job though, per TSN’s Bob McKenzie.

It’s not hard to see why Brisson would be considered an appealing candidate. He already has strong ties to Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin as their agent and is close to Penguins owners Ron Burkle and Mario Lemieux.

“We’ve been linked to each other for many years,” Brisson acknowledged, “and have exchanged ideas on many fronts and the business of hockey especially. They reached out on possible candidates for the vacant GM job on Friday. As for me, I am happy with what I do at CAA and will continue on the path of representing players.”

Brisson also represents Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews and both of them are scheduled to become unrestricted free agents in the summer of 2015, so if he joined the Penguins now, he would be missing out on a big payday, as CBC noted.


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  1. penguins87and71 - May 19, 2014 at 1:21 PM

    Good, I don’t understand why the Penguins would be interested in this guy. I know his good friends with Mario, and the agent of Sidney Crosby, but I wouldn’t hire him. It’s already perceived that Crosby runs the show in Pittsburgh, so why would you bring in his agent as GM? That seems fishy to me.

    • joey4id - May 19, 2014 at 2:23 PM

      Hmm! Not really! Regardless of who the GM will be, Crosby is going to have as much pull as he does now. Don’t think for a minute players like Toews, Parise, Weber, Sutter, Chara, etc… don’t have pull. Jordan in Chicago had pull. BTW, I’m not saying he’s the right man to take over the GM role in Pit. However, Pierre Lacroix was a player agent before winning the Stanley Cup with Col.

      Considering Brisson for a GM job is not far fetched. Brisson is no dummy, and is one of the most highly regarded agents in the league, if not the most. When he speaks the NHL and owners listen. He’s definitely a power broker in the inner circles of the game.

      “In 2008, Brisson was named 12th most powerful agent in all of sports by the Sports Business Journal as well as one of the top 100 most powerful people in the National Hockey League (NHL) by The Hockey News.”

      • penguins87and71 - May 19, 2014 at 3:40 PM

        And there within lies the problem, the problem is Sidney Crosby. He has to much say of what happens in the organization, in my opinion he needs to be reigned in. Yes he should have some say of what goes down as any star player should, but he shouldn’t have final say. Why do you think the Penguins chose to sign Pascual Dupuis over Jarome Iginla.

      • joey4id - May 19, 2014 at 4:20 PM

        I doubt any superstar player has final say in any matter pertaining to the team. Sure. If a star player says there is a personality conflict between him and another individual, then it’s the responsibility of the GM to resolve the issue one way or another. Would you Toews if he didn’t get along with Shaw or would you trade Shaw?

    • hockeyflow33 - May 19, 2014 at 2:43 PM

      Because as one of the sport’s top agents, he should have great relationships with most, if not all, of the current GMs and he’s spent a career dealing on the other side of the business.

    • JoeAvg - May 19, 2014 at 3:47 PM

      There was never any plans to sign Iginla, no way they could afford to. Everybody understood that from the outset. He was just along for ride.

  2. esracerx46 - May 19, 2014 at 1:42 PM

    With all the leverage Lemieux has being an owner. Why doesn’t he step up to the plate and GM the team? Messier had his name thrown in for a coaching gig, Shannahan is now with the Leafs. People have been wanting Gretzky in one capacity or another. Why not show some accountability and do it yourself? Rutherford was Gm/part owner. Why not?

    • killerpgh - May 19, 2014 at 2:27 PM

      Mario would never be the GM. He doesn’t like it being about him. Even as a star players during his playing days he never wanted to be the star off the ice doing interviews an what not, but understood he had to for the good of the game. The only reason he owns part of the team now is because he would have gotten screwed trying to get his money he was owed through bankruptcy court he would have ended up getting something like 50 cents for every dollar he was owed of the millions ownership owed him. He’s been owner now for about 10 years and I can probably count on one handed how many interviews I have seen him do. No way he becomes the GM.

      • esracerx46 - May 19, 2014 at 4:14 PM

        I know why he’s the owner of the team. My rebuttal to that is what is he doing in the locker room following a game on more than one occasion speaking to 2 different players. It seems to me if he wants to play the low key thing, it would have been a much better idea to call the players into his office or to his house to talk, rather than in front of the media so everyone can see and talk and sensationalize it.

      • esracerx46 - May 19, 2014 at 8:36 PM

        Jerry Jones bought the team in 89. Shortly thereafter he fired Landry, then fired Tex Schramm. Jones assumed the role of GM. Cowboys won in 93 and 95. Jerry was in charge.

    • hockeyflow33 - May 19, 2014 at 2:38 PM

      Because a good business owner puts smart, competent people in their correct positions.

      It’s why the Cowboys won’t win a Super Bowl anytime soon.

      • esracerx46 - May 19, 2014 at 4:08 PM

        Jerry Jones is not a football guy. Lemieux is a hockey guy. See the difference? What makes Pat Brisson more qualified than Lemieux?

      • esracerx46 - May 19, 2014 at 4:19 PM

        Also, the Cowboys under Jerry Jones did win a super bowl. Granted it was 20 years ago but they did win. In more recent hockey memory, the Hurricanes won a cup with part owner Jim Rutherford at the helm. I think Mario is qualified to be the GM. So why hasn’t anyone asked the question why not to Mario?

      • hockeyflow33 - May 19, 2014 at 4:56 PM

        Jerry Jones wasn’t at the helm when they won their Super Bowls.

        You need smart business people with hockey backgrounds to GM teams. Is Lemieux one of those guys? Maybe but I have no idea about his business dealings.

        Look at it this way, what upside is their for him to be a GM? Absolutely none. He’s beloved there for his Cup wins and saving the franchise. The only possible outcome is for him to be hated when the team fails, (because all teams fail at some point), regardless of whether it’s his fault or not.

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