June 22, 2012; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Penguins owner Mario Lemieux (left) and head coach Dan Bylsma on the stage as their first round draft pick is announced during the 2012 NHL Draft at CONSOL Energy Center. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Penguins release statement on Ray Shero firing

The Pittsburgh Penguins fired general manager Ray Shero on Friday morning, just a few days after the team was ousted from the Stanley Cup Playoffs with a Game 7 loss to the New York Rangers.

After officially announcing that the Penguins relieved Shero of his duties, the team issued a statement.

“Ray is a good person who made a positive impact on the Penguins and the Pittsburgh community,” co-owners Mario Lemieux and Ron Burkle said in a joint statement. “We thank him for his contributions to our organization, and especially for his key role with our 2009 Stanley Cup championship team. We wish all the best for him and his family.

“We feel it is time to move our franchise in a new direction. We share the disappointment of our fans that we have not had success in the playoffs over the past five seasons. We believe that new leadership in the general manager’s office will bring a new approach and new energy, and help us return to championship form.”

The team’s search for a new general manager will begin immediately.

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