Friedman Says Penguins Giving Dubas the Weekend, FSG at F1 Monaco

Don’t expect a decision or announcement on the Pittsburgh Penguins GM search today or this weekend. According to Elliotte Friedman and the latest 32 Thoughts podcast, the principals are taking the weekend.

Many in the Fenway Sports Group organization are in Monaco for the F1 race, the premier Grand Prix on the calendar. Friedman believes they’re letting Dubas take the holiday weekend to consider the job.

Friedman also referenced Mathieu Darche as a candidate but did not know if Steve Greeley remained in the picture.

The Dubas situation might not be cut and dried. Friedman and host Jeff Marek also brought up the Ottawa Senators’ situation. Multiple Canadian reporters, from Ken Weibe and Friedman at Sportsnet to Darren Dreger at TSN, have raised the possibility of Dubas joining the organization with the new Senators’ ownership.

“I think it’s obviously Dubas’ job if he wants it. And since it is not closed yet, I think some people think he’s keeping one eye on Ottawa,” said Friedman. “I think we’re getting really close to the end of (the Ottawa purchase). I heard there was some movement Thursday.”

The Pittsburgh Penguins organization has been without a GM or president of hockey operations since April 14 when FSG terminated GM Ron Hextall, AGM Chris Pryor, and president of hockey operations Brian Burke.

You can listen to the full 32 Thoughts Podcast here.