According to TSN’s Bob McKenzie, the Pittsburgh Penguins were reportedly expected to announce the firings of head coach Dan Bylsma and general manager Ray Shero. However, it was only Shero whose been relieved so far – per Josh Yohe of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.
PIT will announce this morning GM Ray Shero and head coach Dan Bylsma have been fired. #TSN
— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) May 16, 2014
This is the theater of the bizarre. Shero fired. Bylsma and staff remain…for now.
— Josh Yohe (@JoshYohe_Trib) May 16, 2014
Jason Botterill will serve as the interim GM, but will also be a candidate to become the man for the job – per Dejan Kovacevic of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.
Morehouse: Jason Botterill will be acting GM as well as a candidate for permanent job.
— Dejan Kovacevic (@Dejan_Kovacevic) May 16, 2014
The Pens’ held a press conference this morning to relay Shero’s departure at 11:30 a.m – per Yohe.
At 11:30 this morning, Pens will hold a press conference. Stay tuned. — Josh Yohe (@JoshYohe_Trib) May 16, 2014
After a disappointing postseason result for the fifth consecutive season, both Bylsma and Shero were all but assured a spot on the chopping block. And Shero’s decision to hand Bylsma a two-year extension before the season started may be the main reason as to why he’ll no longer serve as the team’s GM.
Stay tuned for Bylsma’s impending fate.