Fired as Panthers coach in November 1997, MacLean has also worked in numerous front-office jobs for four franchises ( St. Louis, Washington, Detroit and Florida) in his 14-year NHL career. Innovative and aggressive, MacLean, 46, has the tools to sell hockey in a nontraditional market.
Fired as the Flames' G.M. in November 1995 after the disastrous trade of Doug Gilmour, Risebrough spent the next three years getting a better handle on the management side as Glen Sather's right-hand man in Edmonton. Bright and experienced, Risebrough is better prepared to be a G.M. now.
The Verdict: Risebrough may have won four Cups as a player, but we'll take MacLean, who acquired budding star goalie Marc Denis for a No. 2 pick.