Report: Bruins exec interviews for Panthers GM job

John Ferguson Jr.
John Ferguson Jr.
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The Boston Bruins' front office is staying busy on multiple fronts during the 2020 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

The Bruins signed backup goaltender Dan Vladar to a contract extension in the middle of Game 1 of their second-round matchup with the Tampa Bay Lightning on Sunday.

Now, one of their top executives is seeking a contract of his own: Bruins executive director of player personnel John Ferguson Jr. has interviewed for the Florida Panthers' general manager opening, per Mark Divver.

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Ferguson is one of several candidates for Florida's GM job, according to Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman, who reports that Bill Armstrong, Kevin Weekes, Chris Drury, Michael Futa and Scott Mellanby also are in the running.

Ferguson, who played college hockey at Providence, has been with the Bruins since 2014 and also is the general manager of the AHL affiliate Providence Bruins. He spent five years as the Toronto Maple Leafs' GM from 2003 to 2008 and has drawn interest from teams with GM vacancies in recent years.

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The Bruins have enjoyed relative stability for the past five years under GM Don Sweeney and are eyeing a second consecutive trip to the Stanley Cup Final. But change soon could come for a team with an aging core, and that change might extend to the front office, as well.