The Montreal Canadiens have given permission to assistant general manager Scott Mellanby to interview for the vacant full-time GM position with the Pittsburgh Penguins. While the gesture is likely appreciated, Mellanby has said ‘thanks, but no thanks.’
As per a report by TVA’s Renaud Lavoie on Sunday, Mellanby has pulled himself out of the race for the open general manager position and the Penguins won’t be interviewing him. Lavoie writes that Mellanby spoke to Canadiens’ GM Marc Bergevin Sunday and informed him of his decision.
The report notes Mellanby is happy in Montreal and wants to stick with the team, ride out this run and be a part of the success he believes the organization could have this season and into the future. Further to that, Mellanby has informed the Canadiens that he will not be interviewing for any vacant job in the near future.
For the Penguins, they’ll have to move on to one of the other 20-or-so candidates who are interested. Pittsburgh won’t love hearing the Mellanby news and early reports were that he and Los Angeles’ Ron Hextall were at the top of the organization’s list for consideration. Still, the team won’t be short of options, including giving a long look at interim general manager Patrik Allvin.
Maybe Mellanby Sees His Future as Canadiens’ GM…
There were reports that even Bergevin was a candidate for the GM job with the Penguins, noting that he’s only got one season left on his current contract with the Habs and he’s extremely close with Mario Lemieux. Most believe he wouldn’t ditch the Canadiens and that the team will offer him an extension, but perhaps Mellanby looks at his current standing and knows he’s next in line behind Bergevin, should something change.
Clearly, Mellanby has chosen the chance to win over a potential promotion in the NHL, but he’s not eliminating his long-term options by sticking with the Canadiens.
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