The Penguins ownership group, led by Mario Lemieux, has decided that the front office and coaching staff need a change after the semi-finals loss to the New York Rangers.
Head coach Dan Bylsma and his staff get to stay and be observed by whomever the new GM is- since GM Ray Shero is now on the street. The ownership group feels a change was needed and it was done. Shero leaves after 8 seasons.
Assistant GM Jason Botterill will be the interim GM while the team looks for a new boss and he will also be in charge of the scouting operations in the mean time.
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There was talk that Dan Bylsma would be heading out the door as well, but he and his staff are now on a one-year short leash under whomever the new GM is during next year's season- which turns into an on-ice audition for all coaches and players to keep their jobs.
“Ray is a good person who made a positive impact on the Penguins and the Pittsburgh community,” Lemieux and co-owner Ron Burkle said in a joint statement released by the Pens organization. “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.
“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.”