The Ottawa Senators have fired Pierre McGuire from his position in the front office after less than a year. McGuire served as senior vice president of player development. The Senators hired him for the position on July 12 of last year. He had two years left on his contract according to Ottawa Sun reporter Bruce Garrioch.
Can confirm Pierre McGuire has been fired by the #Sens Has two years left on his deal with the club.
— Bruce Garrioch (@SunGarrioch) May 9, 2022
Pierre McGuire Fired by Ottawa
McGuire is know mostly for his work in the broadcast booth or between the glass. He was with NBC Sports and TSN. However, he wasn’t hired by ESPN or Turner Sports when the United States television rights shifted to the new carriers.
At the time of his hiring, the Senators described that McGuire would “work closely with Senators general manager Pierre Dorion and team owner Eugene Melnyk as the team continues to develop into a Stanley Cup contender”.
It was McGuire’s second stint with the Senators after he served as an assistant coach during the 1995-96. McGuire also was a scout for the Senators during his first tenure. He was an assistant coach during the Pittsburgh Penguins Stanley Cup championship team in 1991-92. The Englewood, N.J. native also spent three seasons with the Hartford Whalers.
That tenure did not go well as he served as the team’s head coach for 67 games during the 1993-94 season. McGuire was fired at the end of the 1994 season and it was described by players like Pat Verbeek as one of the best things that could happen.
What it Means
It’s uncertain what’s the next move for McGuire. A TV outlet could take a chance on him, but there’s a part of the fan base that was glad not to see him. Maybe a smaller outlet that’s just starting out could use him as an expert.
One wonders if another team will take a shot on him after washing out with the Senators again. McGuire faces an unknown future in the game now that another short stint with an NHL club has ended.