Chris MacFarland has a very good reputation in the NHL as the assistant general manager under Joe Sakic – so much so that he’s under serious consideration for other NHL GM jobs, Colorado Hockey Now has learned.
MacFarland is on the “shortlist”, multiple NHL sources tell CHN, for at least one, and maybe more, vacant GM jobs. The Chicago Blackhawks are believed to be one of those teams, along with the Vancouver Canucks and the Anaheim Ducks.
The Blackhawks currently have an interim general manager, Kyle Davidson, and have expressed interest in MacFarland, according to sources. The Canucks recently hired veteran Jim Rutherford to serve as president of hockey operations, but word is he may be looking for a younger GM to whom he can both mentor and share responsibilities.
The Canucks job is considered the lesser of the two possibilities, in terms of percentage in MacFarland getting it, but the door is not closed. The Ducks have been looking for a new GM since Bob Murray resigned earlier this season.
MacFarland was considered by the Pittsburgh Penguins for their GM job when Rutherford stepped down last season.
The Montreal Canadiens are also looking for a GM, but team owner Geoff Molson has said he wants to hire a GM who is fluent in French. It’s not believed that MacFarland would qualify, if so.
MacFarland came to the Avs from Columbus, and has earned a strong reputation in league circles for his acumen in both finance/negotiation circles, but also hockey personnel decisions.