News leaked out earlier today and now it is official. But only half-right at this point.
Ray Shero has been fired by the Pittsburgh Penguins. Dan Bylsma is still with the team… for now.
A new GM will come in and evaluate the team. As of right now, Dan Bylsma and the rest of the coaching staff are still with the organization. They will be evaluated by the new GM and changes will be made if possible. The players will be evaluated as well.
David Morehouse made the announcement in a press conference today. He called it “five consecutive years of underachievement” in the playoffs, but said that the Pens are a “good team” that has high standards. He stressed that this isn’t a complete overhaul. Morehouse said they don’t have anyone in particular in mind, but there is a large group of options. Jason Botterill will be the GM in the interim.
The press conference is available on the Pens website. It’s also streaming on the radio right here. Here is the official written statement from the Penguins’ website.
“Shero Relieved of Duties as Penguins GM
Friday, 05.16.2014 / 11:30 AM
Ray Shero has been relieved of his duties as general manager of the Pittsburgh Penguins, it was announced today by co-owners Mario Lemieux and Ron Burkle.
The search for a new general manager is already underway.
“Ray is a good person who made a positive impact on the Penguins and the Pittsburgh community,” Lemieux and 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.”
The Penguins have advanced past the second round of the playoffs only once since 2009 and earlier this week were ousted in the second round by the New York Rangers.
“We feel it is time to move our franchise in a new direction,” Lemieux and Burkle said. “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.”
Lemieux and Burkle said that one of the first duties of the new general manager will be to evaluate the entire hockey operations department, including the coaching staff.
Assistant general manager Jason Botterill will take over as interim general manager until a new GM is hired. Botterill, who will be a candidate for the GM position, will oversee the Penguins’ scouting staff as it prepares for the NHL draft.
Shero was hired by the Penguins in May, 2006.”