Report: Wild close to hiring Bill Guerin as next general manager

The Minnesota Wild are reportedly close to hiring Bill Guerin as their next general manager.

NHL Network’s Kevin Weeks was first to report the two sides were close to a deal. Michael Russo of The Athletic adds that Guerin is “flying to Minnesota Wednesday to finalize his contract” and could be introduced later this week.

Guerin, 48, comes to the Wild after seven years in the Pittsburgh Penguins front office, including the last four as assistant GM. He replaces Paul Fenton, who the Wild fired at the end of July after only one season on the job.

As a player, Guerin played 18 seasons with the New Jersey Devils, Edmonton Oilers, Dallas Stars, Boston Bruins, New York Islanders, Penguins, St. Louis Blues and San Jose Sharks. In 1,263 NHL games, Guerin scored 429 goals and 856 points, and collected 1,660 penalty minutes.

He won two Stanley Cups as a player with the Devils (1995) and Penguins (2009) and two more with the Penguins (2016 and ’17) as an executive.