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Live Stream- Pittsburgh Penguins News Conference

The Pittsburgh Penguins have scheduled a news conference for 11:30am ET today.

You can watch it below and as Bob McKenzie reported, Ray Shero and Dan Bylsma have been fired.

added 11:36am, Penguins release is below, no mention of Bylsma being fired but in the press conference, it was mentioned the new GM will evaluate the coaching position.

added 11:43am, Press conference is over.

 

 

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.

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Paul's avatar

No mention of Bylsma being fired, but says new GM will evaluate the coaching staff.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 05/16/14 at 10:35 AM ET

SYF's avatar

Man, that’ll be something if Shero goes to WAS now that McPhee is no longer the GM.  First, Crosby and now Ovechkin?

Posted by SYF from The Revenge of Johnny E on 05/16/14 at 10:46 AM ET

Paul's avatar

IMO, Pens should have just let Bylsma go today.

Doubt he returns, at least give him the ability to look for another job while there are openings now.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 05/16/14 at 10:47 AM ET

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I agree Paul. Bylsma should of been let go with Shero if only for the fact-let him find another job instead of wondering…Another great move by a great organization haha.

Posted by gcleveland on 05/16/14 at 10:50 AM ET

Evilpens's avatar

Just a Brief Glimpse at the Absolute Arrogance that has taken over the Pens ! fire a GM< But don’t fire HC Because you are afraid of him going to the Crapitals ! That is the ARROGANCE Of David Morehouse & his Puppet Master Ron Burkle

Posted by Evilpens on 05/16/14 at 11:06 AM ET

awould's avatar

I assume their reasoning is to let the new GM make the decision on the coach. A dumb idea to put that on the new GM though. Just give the guy a clean slate.

Posted by awould on 05/16/14 at 11:27 AM ET

SYF's avatar

Saw these tweets from one Gene Collier:

Gene Collier ‏@genecollier 1h
#Penguins Lemieux on the notion of firing Bylsma, “Look at Detroit; they don’t win the Cup every year, but Babcock is still coach.”
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Gene Collier ‏@genecollier 2h
More Lemieux/Burkle comments soon at @PittsburghPG.Re-checking my notes, Lemieux said “absolutely” when asked if Bylsma could keep his job.
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Gene Collier ‏@genecollier 3h
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
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Gene Collier ‏@genecollier 3h
Morehouse comments don’t mean Bylsma’s been retained, only that new GM will fire him, the likelihood of which is about 99 percent
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Gene Collier ‏@genecollier 4h
More Morehouse: New GM and ownership will make a determination as it relates to Dan Bylsma
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Go fondle your own team, Gene.

Posted by SYF from The Revenge of Johnny E on 05/16/14 at 02:18 PM ET

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