Pittsburgh Penguins Rumors: Interest In Controversial Cup-Winning Executive

The Pittsburgh Penguins cleaned house in the front office last month after finishing out of the playoffs to snap a 16-year postseason run. Relieved of their duties were President of Hockey Operations Brian Burke and General Manager Ron Hextall. Now rumors are circulating that a former multi-time Stanley Cup-winning executive is on the Pens' radar. 

Hockey Insider Andy Strickland reports that there is "mutual interest" between former Chicago Blackhawks President of Hockey Operations Stan Bowman and the Penguins. 

Bowman, of course, has ties to the Pittsburgh family, as his father, the legendary Scotty Bowman, coached the team to the Stanley Cup in 1991-92. And Stan himself was responsible for building the Blackhawks into three-time Cup champs in the 2010s. 

But there's also a controversial side to any attempted hiring of Bowman, as he was seen to have a role in covering up information about the Kyle Beach/Brad Aldrich sexual abuse affair in Chicago.

Ironically, he's the second senior member of that Blackhawks team to surface today in rumors of a return to the league for the coming season. 

Neither of the two will be able to officially return to the NHL without first being cleared by Commissioner Gary Bettman. 

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