May 1, 2013; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; General view as fans arrive for game one of the first round of the 2013 Stanley Cup playoffs between the Pittsburgh Penguins and New York Islanders at CONSOL Energy Center. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Pittsburgh Penguins fire GM Ray Shero


UPDATE: The Penguins decided to keep Bylsma, while Shero was shown the door.

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There are about to be some major shake ups in the Steel City following the Pittsburgh Penguins exit from the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs. The Penguins fell to the New York Rangers in Game 7 earlier this week, and that loss appears to have cost general manager Ray Shero and head coach Dan Bylsma their jobs.

According to Bob McKenzie of TSN, the Penguins are expected to make the announcement official on Friday morning.

The team has already announced an 11:30 a.m. ET press conference, so that will be the time when Shero and Bylsma watch their time with the Penguins come to an end.

Penguins assistant general manager Jason Botterill is expected to fill Shero’s role on an interim basis. 

The Penguins have been unable to get over the hump in the past few seasons, so it was only a matter of time until they made some changes at the top of the organization. It will now be interesting to see what direction Penguins owner Ron Burkle will go with the team next as he looks to install a new general manager and head coach.

Tags: Dan Bylsma Pittsburgh Penguins Ray Shero

  • OVP66223

    Poor drafts, terrible in-season trades (nearly every trade the past 4
    years have been whiffs), poor roster with little toughness or size or
    tenacity. A roster of finesse sissies with skill limited to a handful
    of players. The defense is/was in better shape than the offense, but
    both need tweaks. We need players to “protect” Crosby and Malkin, as
    they aren’t of the mindset to protect themselves (retaliating with
    stupid post-hit penalties is not standing up for yourself…laying out
    hits before they hit you IS).

    Shero did an awful job the past
    couple of years. There were OBVIOUS weaknesses that only grew worse
    with each move Shero made to get mediocre players that other teams were
    dying to move.

    I normally would say, thing could be worse and
    have some fear in the new hire, but Shero did such a bad job lately that
    I can’t see any professional GM being worse. Change was needed and the
    first focus needs to be on gutting non-productive, non-impact players
    that lack toughness or size or both. Each player obtained needs to have
    a strength, such as speed, toughness, non-stop motor tenacity, vocal
    leadership and motivation, etc. We have a half dozen forwards on the
    team currently that have NONE of those qualities (what do they
    have…not much).