This was weird. So weird that we couldn’t resist posting social media’s reaction to the news that Ray Shero would be fired from his role as General Manager while Dan Bylsma remains head coach of the Pittsburgh Penguins…for now. In a word, the reaction was: Confused.
It all started with word of a press conference, which led everyone to believe the inevitable was coming: Dan Bylsma’s firing. Then, news broke that Shero would in fact be joining Bylsma on the unemployment line…
PIT will announce this morning GM Ray Shero and head coach Dan Bylsma have been fired. #TSN
— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) May 16, 2014
All indications are that Shero, like Bylsma, will lose his job today. — Dave Molinari (@MolinariPG) May 16, 2014
every pens fan anticipating news conference. first time we’ve all been on the same page since game 7 in detroit. getting dusty in here — Adam C (@TPBadam) May 16, 2014
Two second round picks for Doug Murray was the beginning of the end, in a way — Mike Darnay (@MikeDarnay) May 16, 2014
Grind Those Resumes Down — Rick (@Rick_City) May 16, 2014
I don’t see the need in naming Pat Brisson the Penguins’ GM when he clearly already runs the team. — Greg Wyshynski (@wyshynski) May 16, 2014
Morehouse speaking. Announces Shero was relieved of his duties.
— Seth Rorabaugh (@emptynetters) May 16, 2014
And that was it. Once it was realized that only Shero would lose his seat today, the confusion and anger began to commence…
To not fire Bylsma today is absurd. Absolutely absurd. The organization bottled it. They’re dragging it out. Idiocy. — Mark Madden (@MarkMaddenX) May 16, 2014
Firing Shero and not Bylsma right now has a certain Pirates 1993-2012 baffling incompetence feel to it. — DJ Gallo (@DJGalloEtc) May 16, 2014
The Pittsburgh Penguins can’t close out a series or a coach. — The Royal Half (@theroyalhalf) May 16, 2014
More Morehouse: New GM and ownership will make a determination as it relates to Dan Bylsma — Gene Collier (@genecollier) May 16, 2014
Morehouse says this is not weird and they are trying to do this systematically. That does make sense. Go from top down. Get it right.
— Nick Cotsonika (@cotsonika) May 16, 2014
Does moorehouse even know a thing about hockey?
— Vójtásh® (@CoulditBe_RyanV) May 16, 2014
If I’m Dan Bylsma I’m so pissed off right now. What if there’s no jobs left by the time the new GM gets around to firing me? — Rock Strongo (@bighatfunny) May 16, 2014
So I guess wiffle ball is still on for this afternoon. — Meesh (@HockeyMeesh) May 16, 2014
Does this mean we’re stuck with Joe Vitale? — @PensNation_Nick (@PensNation_Nick) May 16, 2014
Bylsma just tried to make today optional — Brian (@brianmcnulty11) May 16, 2014
Ironically, all week we thought Bylsma was 100% fired and Shero was 50/50….It was the other way around? — Pensburgh (@Pensburgh) May 16, 2014
Dan Bylsma just called for a celebratory optional practice.
— Eric P. (@emanatee) May 16, 2014
This is all so awkward.
— Lauren Suchy (@laurensuchy) May 16, 2014
If he doesn’t fire Bylsma, the dumpster fire will continue to burn and no move he makes will be good enough. — Casey Shea (@SheaVedIce) May 16, 2014
Morehouse comments don’t mean Bylsma’s been retained, only that new GM will fire him, the likelihood of which is about 99 percent — Gene Collier (@genecollier) May 16, 2014
*GM comes in. “Uhhhhhhhhhhhhh why is he still here?” — Jon Pennline (@sportsjunkie703) May 16, 2014
Sounds like we will all suffer one more year with Bylsma just so the Pens can get Babock. — Bob Topper (@Bobtopper) May 16, 2014
One of the many theories…
I would pay $1,000 for a LIVE CAM feed of the Penguins’ players faces during that press conference. — Sean Conboy (@SeanConPM) May 16, 2014
Can’t imagine a scenario where a new #Pens GM comes in and his first move is keeping a coach that entire fanbase wants to see let go
— Mike Colligan (@MikeColligan) May 16, 2014
If they keep Bottertrill (whatever) it’s like saying you need a new car but just saw the roof off to make it a convertible
— LankyB (@QuincyEsquire) May 16, 2014
Only rationale- Shero can’t hire Bylsma away immediately- Shero to Caps? Keeps us from seeing Dan as Caps coach. No that’s stupid too. — RandyBaumann WDVE (@DVERandy) May 16, 2014
New GM’s first move: Be the jerk with the balls to fire Bylsma, or keep Bylsma and be hated by a large portion of the fans. That’s appealing — Meesh (@HockeyMeesh) May 16, 2014
If I was Bylsma, tomorrow at the office I’d just play solitaire and minesweeper on my computer all day.
— DJ Gallo (@DJGalloEtc) May 16, 2014
Bylsma is staying so that the next Penguins GM’s first move (firing him) can be seen as a slam dunk
— Jeff Veillette (@Jeffler) May 16, 2014
I am so confused — TPB Derek (@TPBderek) May 16, 2014
I’m so confused. — Rich Miller (@pensbender) May 16, 2014
Wow, don’t remember anything quite like what the Penguins just did.
— Kevin Allen (@ByKevinAllen) May 16, 2014
Anybody know where this guy is right now? pic.twitter.com/IjCyRGCZ0d
— Chris Mack (@THEChrisMack) May 16, 2014
I didn’t think a dramatic overhaul would cause *this* kind of drama. — Ashley Chase (@AshleyChaseTV) May 16, 2014
I’m sure Bylsma is calling U-Haul right now to cancel.
— Cory Shoff (@coryshoff) May 16, 2014
My twitter feed looks like this right now: “What??” “WTF?!” “Confused” “this is weird” #Pens
— Joe Riggi (@JRiggi87) May 16, 2014
Two happy endings to today: 1) Pens somehow maneuver to get Babcock; 2) Pens hire Gretzky as GM, then Mario immediately fires him. — GTOG Finesse (@GTOGFinesse) May 16, 2014
I don’t think Dan Bylsma will coach this team next year. A new GM will want his own guy. Not ready to have a meltdown over this. Sorry.
— Jesse Marshall (@jmarshfof) May 16, 2014
Just asked Mario Lemieux if there was chance Dan Bylsma could keep his job: “Certainly,” said #Penguins owner, “that why we didn’t fire him
— Gene Collier (@genecollier) May 16, 2014
The fact there is even a chance bylsma remains the coach makes me want to puke — TPB Derek (@TPBderek) May 16, 2014
Dan Bylsma promoted to GM, fires himself as coach. Bizarre turn of events.
— teelar (@MouseRat_Fan) May 16, 2014