Published: Sat, August 24, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Minnesota Wild name Bill Guerin fourth GM in team history

Minnesota Wild name Bill Guerin fourth GM in team history

On Wednesday, the Wild announced former Stars winger Bill Guerin as their new general manager, joining Mike Modano and Mats Zuccarello as a trio of ex-Stars to take their talents to "The State of Hockey". Guerin won 2 title with the Penguins as a player and 2 more in the front office with Pittsburgh.

Guerin, 48, becomes the fourth general manager in Wild franchise history and the second plucked from the Penguins organization after Chuck Fletcher. Guerin will step in to replace Paul Fenton, who was sacked earlier in the summer after just one year on the job. After three seasons he was promoted to assistant GM and oversaw Pittsburgh's AHL team in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. The Wild will open up their training camp in less than a month and begin their preseason play on September 17.

"Bill has been a victor throughout his hockey career and I am extremely pleased to be able to add his experience to our organization and The State of Hockey", noted Wild owner and chairman Craig Leipold in the team's press release. Stanley Cups with New Jersey (1995) and Pittsburgh (2009). He had 74 points (39 goals, 35 assists) in 140 Stanley Cup Playoff games.

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"I think the lineup here is good".

He also hoisted two Stanley Cups during an 18-season playing career (1991-2010) with eight National Hockey League teams, winning championships with the 1994-95 New Jersey Devils and the 2008-09 Penguins.

The Wild have $9.4 million remaining in cap space this summer with restricted free agents Fiala and Joel Eriksson Ek in need of new contracts. "I like a lot of the pieces that we have", Guerin told Dan Myers of Wild.com.

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