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by George Malik on 05/14/14 at 12:08 AM ET
Well this took five minutes...Per the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review's Rob Rossi, the Penguins may or may not clear the coaching and managerial decks after yet another playoff failure:
Penguins ownership will consider a sweeping overhaul that could include terminating general manager Ray Shero in addition to Dan Bylsma and the members of the coaching staff, multiple sources told the Tribune-Review. Ownership specifically is concerned about a perceived lack of accountability for players, overall team toughness and unproductive drafts, the sources said.
The sources also said Penguins ownership might not want to undergo a complete front-office shakeup with only about a month before the NHL Entry Draft.
No decisions have been made, and they will not be rushed, the sources said.
Shero and Bylsma have two years remaining on their contracts. Shero signed Bylsma and top assistants Tony Granato and Todd Reirden to extensions a few days after the Penguins were swept from the conference final by Boston last June.
Within a month, Shero also signed center Evgeni Malkin and defenseman Kris Letang to eight-year extensions, re-signed wingers Chris Kunitz and Pascal Dupuis, and added defenseman Rob Scuderi in free agency — all on multiyear deals.
The Penguins have played 27 home playoff games — each worth about $2 million to the team — since Consol Energy Center opened. However, the Penguins have won only 13 of those contests.
Since winning the Cup in 2009, the Penguins twice have blown a 3-1 series lead, lost three home Game 7s and dropped Games 1 and 2 of a series at home twice.
Rossi continues, and here's Bylsma's post-game presser:
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