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Report: Pierre McGuire out of running in Coyotes' GM search

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Pierre McGuire will not be the Arizona Coyotes' next general manager.

The NBC broadcaster is no longer a candidate for the position, a league source told NHL Network's Craig Morgan on Wednesday.

It was reported Saturday that McGuire had spoken with the team about the job.

McGuire has been a full-time analyst with NBC since 2011 and a broadcaster since 1997. He has coaching, scouting, and front-office experience, but he also carries baggage.

NBC temporarily demoted McGuire last fall after he had a series of awkward on-air exchanges with fellow broadcaster Kendall Coyne Schofield in January 2019.

After the Hartford Whalers fired McGuire following his brief tenure as their head coach in 1994, team captain Pat Verbeek called it the best thing that could have happened to the club. Verbeek also revealed that other teams mocked McGuire, and that his teammates had no respect for the then-32-year-old bench boss.

The Coyotes have reportedly interviewed several other candidates, including former Arizona goaltender, coach, and executive Sean Burke, and Pittsburgh Penguins assistant GM Jason Karmanos. However, interim GM Steve Sullivan has apparently made calls with other clubs about possible trades while the Coyotes were looking into hiring his potential replacement.

Arizona's previous GM, John Chayka, terminated his contract in July, prompting the club to accuse him of quitting on the organization ahead of the postseason.

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