NHL-leading scorer goes up for bid to become GM in Toronto
In an apparent bid to bolster his ownership group’s chances of winning a major league expansion bid, a group of former players and owners is pushing for a new GM in the Toronto Maple Leafs organization.
A number of players are expected to take part in the bid process, including Wayne Gretzky, Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, Joe Sakic and Lou Lamoriello.
“We have a lot of great players,” NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said at a press conference in Toronto on Thursday.
He also said he will “open the bidding process to anyone who wants to take on the GM role.”
Bettman added he expects a bid to be announced by the end of the month.
The NHL will have to approve any deal that would involve hiring the players to run the team.
Bettron said the league’s goal is to “move forward as quickly as possible and to have as many opportunities as possible.”
The NHL has a history of having players representing the league and its teams take on GM duties.
The league also has GMs who serve as both a head coach and president.
But that hasn’t always been the case, as Bettman pointed out in his remarks.
The last NHL general manager to be named head coach was Mike Babcock in 2006.
In 2009, Bettman named a new general manager, Jim Rutherford.
The Toronto Maple Leaf players were part of the organization that hired Gretzay and Crosby to lead the team in 1997.