June 22, 2012; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Penguins general manager Ray Shero announces the Penguins first round draft choice in the 2012 NHL Draft at CONSOL Energy Center. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Ray Shero will be front-runner for Washington Capitals GM job

The Pittsburgh Penguins are expected to announce on Friday morning that general manager Ray Shero and head coach Dan Bylsma have been fired following another disappointing exit from the Stanley Cup Finals. From the moment the Penguins were eliminated in Game 7 by the New York Rangers, the writing appeared to be on the wall that there would be some shake ups at the top of the organization.

Shero and Bylsma’s firings are expected to officially be announced at a press conference at 11:30 a.m. ET.

While the two men will soon be out of work, it appears that Shero may not have a hard time finding a new gig once he is a free man.

According to TSN’s Bob McKenzie, Shero will immediately become a front-runner for the general manager gig with the Washington Capitals. Meanwhile, Penguins assistant general manger Jason Botterill will be likely filling in for Shero on an interim basis.

It will be interesting to see what direction the Penguins go next with their new hires to replace Shero and Bylsma.

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