May 9, 2014; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby (87) takes the ice against the New York Rangers during the first period in game five of the second round of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs at the CONSOL Energy Center. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Could Penguins replace Ray Shero with Sidney Crosby's agent as GM?

The Pittsburgh Penguins are expected to announce the firings of general manager Ray Shero and head coach Dan Bylsma at a press conference that has been set for 11:30 a.m. ET on Friday morning. Once the moves are made official, the team will immediately begin searching for a replacement.

It is believed that Penguins assistant general manager Jason Botterill will be serving as GM on an interim basis, but he is not expected to be the long-term answer.

Instead, there is an interesting option for who could be replacing Shero as the Penguins general manager and it is a man with some very strong ties to the team’s biggest star.

According to Bob McKenzie of TSN, there is a strong belief in Pittsburgh that owner Ron Burkle would like Sidney Crosby’s agent Pat Brisson to become the team’s next general manager. If there is one way to keep your star happy and make sure you build around him with the kind of players that he wants, it is by letting his agent run your team.

That would certainly be a unique dynamic, so we will have to wait and see if Brisson would even have interest in taking a GM job if Burkle is indeed toying with the idea of offering him the job.

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