Friday, July 31, 2015

Penguins fire GM

PITTSBURGH—The Pittsburgh Penguins have fired general manager Ray Shero while the status of coach Dan Bylsma will be evaluated.
Team co-owners Mario Lemieux and Ron Burkle said today it was time to take the franchise in a new direction after the team’s latest playoff flameout.

Assistant general manager Jason Botterill will serve as GM on an interim basis while the team searches for Shero’s replacement.
There were reports that head coach Dan Bylsma also was going to be let go, but Penguins’ CEO David Morehouse said that is not the case.
The Penguins rolled to the Metropolitan Division title this season but failed yet again to produce a bookend to the championship it won with stars Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin in 2009.
Pittsburgh is just 4-5 in playoff series since raising the Stanley Cup, including a loss to the N.Y. Rangers in the second round earlier this week after leading the series 3-1.

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