Vegas GM search down to two — Tallon, Maciver not among them

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Las Vegas owner Bill Foley has narrowed his general manager search down from seven candidates to two — and while he didn’t reveal who they were, he did shed some light on their respective qualities.

“I can tell you the people we talked to are all well-known in the hockey community and are well-respected,” Foley said Monday, per the Review-Journal. “They’re all very smart and they’ve done different things for different teams.

“Some are strong on the (salary) cap. Some are strong when it comes to assessing talent. But they all have strong backgrounds.”

Foley classified the two finalists as “primary candidates,” whittled down from an original group of seven interviewees. He also added he hopes to have a decision made within the next few days. That would put Vegas’ GM search ahead of schedule — earlier this month, Foley said he hoped to have a GM in place by the beginning of August.

And while we don’t know who’s in in the mix, we do know two rumored candidates that are out.

Those would be current Florida Panthers president Dale Tallon and current Blackhawks assistant GM Norm Maciver. Tallon, who was “promoted” from the GM role in Florida this offseason, was allowed to speak with the Vegas group after Foley was granted permission by Panthers owner Vincent Viola.

But Foley never reached out.

As for Maciver — “considered one of the top hockey minds in the league,” per the Review-Journal — he wasn’t contacted by Foley either.

Maciver, who appeared in over 500 games as a player, has been Stan Bowman’s assistant in Chicago since 2012 and reportedly interviewed with Pens CEO David Morehouse about Pittsburgh’s GM gig three years ago — a job that eventually went to Jim Rutherford.