Former player Trevor Daley joins Pittsburgh Penguins' front office

Ruben Hill
October 29, 2020

Sam Ventura, their director of hockey research, will assume Karmanos' role as assistant GM and Erik Heasley, manager of hockey operations, was named general manager of Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, their AHL affiliate.

Defenceman Trevor Daley retired on Monday to take a front-office job with the Pittsburgh Penguins. Multiple team sources said he has not determined what additional changes he will make to hockey operations.

Daley scored 89 goals to go with 220 assists in 1,058 games with Dallas, Detroit, Pittsburgh and Chicago.

The Penguins acquired Daley in a trade with the Blackhawks on December 14, 2015. Daley's role is described as "assisting in player evaluations at the National Hockey League and AHL level, as well as acting as an "eye in the sky" for the coaching staff during games". During the team's on-ice celebration with the Stanley Cup in 2016, Daley, who was unable to complete the playoffs due to a broken ankle, was the first teammate captain Sidney Crosby handed the trophy to. She died nine days later on June 21 at age 51. "It's something I'll never forget". He appeared in 164 games for Detroit (11 goals, 20 assists).

General Manager Jim Rutherford said he always knew Daley would be a good front office man, so he reached out to Daley when he found out he was retiring as a skater.

"I feel comfortable with the city", Daley said. "My kids love it there". They shipped out two-time Stanley Cup-winning goalie Matt Murray, re-acquired Kasperi Kapanen, allowed Justin Schultz to walk in free agency and parted ways with assistant coaches Sergei Gonchar, Jacques Martin and Mark Recchi, among other moves, after falling to the Montreal Canadiens in the qualifying round of the playoffs. Daley is looking forward to reconnecting with those veterans as the Penguins try to keep their championship window open.

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