Penguins narrowing GM search in hopes of filling vacancy quickly

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The Pittsburgh Penguins don't want to waste too much time in their search for their next general manager as they move on to the second phase of interviews.

In Saturday night's "Headlines" segment on Hockey Night in Canada, Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman said the team's list of potential candidates continues to be narrowed down.

"As far as I can tell, I believe there's been eight individuals who have been interviewed so far," Friedman said. "From Patrik Allvin, who's currently in there alphabetically through Kevin Weekes of the NHL Network."

The full list, according to Friedman, includes Allvin, Weekes, John Ferguson Jr., Michael Futa, Ron Hextall, Mark Hunter, Jason Karmanos and Chris MacFarland.

Friedman says that Pittsburgh could add more candidates and but wants to trim the list and start the next round of interviews with team owners Ron Burkle and Mario Lemieux.

Jim Rutherford, whose contract was set to expire in June, resigned just two weeks into the abbreviated 2021 season. Allvin was named the interim GM after Rutherford's departure.

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