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Top Option Out of Penguins GM Race, Pens Will Talk to Ron Hextall

The Pittsburgh Penguins have lost another GM candidate as Chris Drury has removed himself from the running. Ron Hextall will interview.

Though Chris Drury was considered a favorite for the Pittsburgh Penguins GM job, he is no longer a candidate, making him the second potential hire this week to drop out of the race. Drury has let the New York Rangers know that he has no desire to leave the organization, and the Penguins will move on to another interview with a new potential hire in Ron Hextall.

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As per a report from Bob McKenzie of TSN, Drury has decided he’s not interested in leaving New York City or the Rangers at this time. This shouldn’t come as a huge surprise considering Drury and the Rangers have been very loyal to each other over the last several years. TSN’s Frank Seravalli had previously tweeted that the Rangers had given permission to the Penguins to interview Drury.

Drury is currently the assistant general manager of the Rangers and has long-been viewed as a potential future GM. With every management job that opens around the NHL, Drury’s name is typically part of the conversation. It didn’t take him long to climb up the executive ladder once he retired from active play and had previously served as GM of Team USA at the 2019 World Championship.

This comes after news that Scott Melanby was not interested in leaving the Montreal Canadiens for the Penguins.

Ron Hextall former NHL GM

Penguins Will Move On to Hextall Next

Because Drury says he’s not interested in leaving New York, the Penguins have now sought out permission to speak with Ron Hextall of the Los Angeles Kings.

This could be an interesting hire if the Pens go this route. Hextall certainly has an eye for young talent, but his time and tenure with the Philadelphia Flyers was not entirely positive. Has he learned from his past duties and become a better GM because of it?

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