Kyle Dubas has been searching for a general manager since he was named president of hockey operations for the Pittsburgh Penguins a couple of months ago.
His hunt concluded Thurssday when Dubas, who had assumed the role on an interim basis, announced that he will retain it on a full-time basis.
“At this time, I feel it is best for continuity that I formally continue in both roles, as president and general manager in the hockey operations department,” Dubas said, in a statement released by the team. “We will continue to reevaluate the GM position alongside all others in future offseasons to ensure that we are optimizing all facets of the department.
“We have a small but extremely dedicated management team here, and I have come to know each of them quite well over the last couple of months. We have also added both Jason Spezza and Vukie Mpufo to provide us with a nice mixture of playing experience, front-office experience and growth potential.”
In addition to the Dubas news, the Penguins announced a number of other promotions. They are:
*** Longtime video coach Andy Saucier is director of professional personnel.
*** Erik Heasley is director of minor league and amateur scouting operations. He also serves as general manager of the Penguins’ American Hockey League affiliate in Wilkes-Barre.
*** Trevor Daley and Amanda Kessel are special assistants to Dubas.