The former Canucks advisor under the Mike Gillis regime has been one of the prominent GM candidates for openings around the league in the last couple of years. Mellanby recently resigned from his assistant GM role in Montreal after it became apparent he was not in the running to replace Marc Bergevin.
Mellanby has paid his dues in this league and has been spoken upon highly in the league’s management circles as one of the candidates who will eventually lead a front office of his own in the near future.
Mellanby has also been linked to the Canucks GM role recently, and though he doesn’t bring the same level of success that Tulsky and MacFarland do, he’s definitely ready for a GM role somewhere.
If Rutherford is getting to hand-pick the next GM of the team, Botterill will be high on that list as the two of them worked together in the construction of two Stanley Cup teams with the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Botterill is currently the assistant GM with the Seattle Kraken, and the former Buffalo Sabres GM.
Botterill was known to keep Rutherford in check with his shrewd cap management but he never had much success in Buffalo.
Botterill’s name is one to watch in the coming weeks as there’s a significant possibility that Rutherford turns to someone he has familiarity with and has had a ton of success with.
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