According Frank Seravalli, Daily Faceoff InsiderCam Lawrence, analytical consultant for the Columbus Blue Jackets, might be someone to watch for the Pittsburgh Penguins general manager role.
Lawrence previously worked for the Florida Panthers and is the chief financial officer of wellness company GNC. He also lives in the Pittsburgh area.
Lawrence grew up in Vancouver and has worked for various technology and biomedical companies throughout his career. He has previously written for CanucksArmy while focusing on data analytics in hockey. He acted as a team consultant from 2015-23, spending the last two years with the Columbus Blue Jackets.
The Penguins announced former Toronto Maple Leafs general manager Kyle Dubas as president of hockey operations on Thursday, just minutes before the Leafs introduced new general manager Brad Treliving. Pittsburgh’s parent company, the Fenway Sports Group, replaced former general manager Ron Hextall and president of hockey operations Brian Burke, giving the team a clean slate heading into the summer after missing the playoffs.
June is a big month for the NHL, with the start of the buyout period, the NHL Draft and preparation for the start of free agency on July 1. The Penguins have about $20 million in projected cap space, according to CapFriendly, with Nick Bonino, Jason Zucker and Tristan Jarry being the most prominent free agents. Both Drew O’Connor and Ryan Poehling are FRGs.
Other rumored candidates for Penguins general manager include Mathieu Darche, an assistant general manager from Tampa Bay; Tyler Dellow, vice president of hockey analytics in New Jersey; Jeff Greenberg, associate general manager of Chicago; and Alexandra Mandrycky, assistant to the general manager of Seattle. Dubas also has strong ties with Jason Spezza, who also left the Leafs, as well as current Toronto AGM Brandon Pridham, who has been linked to several other teams this offseason.