With ESPN and TNT making a bunch of new hires as they take over the NHL broadcast rights next season, one notable name hadn’t landed a new job.
But rather than continue as a broadcaster, NBC Sports’ between-the-glass analyst Pierre McGuire has joined the Ottawa Senators as senior vice president of player development, where he will advise general manager Pierre Dorion and owner Eugene Melnyk, the team announced early Monday morning.
“On behalf of the entire Senators organization, I would like to welcome Pierre McGuire back to Ottawa,” Melnyk said in a statement. “We are excited to add Pierre to our hockey management group. His experience will be instrumental as we continue to build an elite team. Pierre’s knowledge of the game and its players is highly regarded and I am confident that he will positively assist our team as it progresses to the next level.”
Several of McGuire’s NBC Sports hockey colleagues have secured new broadcasting gigs. TNT hired Kenny Albert and Eddie Olczyk as its top game announcers and has had talks with Islanders play-by-player Brendan Burke about becoming it’s No. 2 behind Albert. ESPN hired Brian Boucher and A.J. Mleczko as analysts.
McGuire, 59, had a brief stint as an assistant coach for the Senators during the 1995-96 season. He was previously a scout and assistant coach for the Pittsburgh Penguins, and an assistant coach and assistant GM for the Hartford Whalers before becoming head coach in 1993, despite having no prior head coaching experience. He went 23-37-7 before being fired.
McGuire then served as a hockey analyst for TSN before joining NBC in 2006 as its “Inside the Glass” reporter and analyst.
The Englewood, N.J. native interviewed with the Canadiens, Lightning, Penguins and Wild for their general manager positions and was a serious contender for the Senators’ vacancy in 2011, according to ESPN.