Mar 18, 2014; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Penguins goalie Jeff Zatkoff (37) guards the net against the Dallas Stars during the second period at the CONSOL Energy Center. The Penguins won 5-1. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Jeff Zatkoff Views Ray Shero's Departure As Most Shocking Move

The Pittsburgh Penguins certainly had a number of changes this offseason from management to the roster.

However, according to goaltender Jeff Zatkoff, none was more shocking than ex-general manager Ray Shero’s dismissal.

According to Shelly Anderson of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Zatkoff reportedly thought Shero’s firing came as most surprising, and that the onus is on the players for the team’s major overhaul this summer.

Certainly Zatkoff has a point because it was the Pens’ fifth consecutive postseason where they lost to a lower seed, and Shero had just been honored as the NHL’s General Manager of the Year the season before. So, to see Shero be axed just one year after being the best in the biz, it’s definitely one of the more stunning moves.

Zatkoff’s clearly being a class act, and taking a portion of the blame for what transpired this past postseason, but Pittsburgh just felt because the organization was staying stagnant, and nothing had altered for five-straight seasons with the people in charge, ownership had to step in and make a move. Yes, though, Shero’s departure was definitely eye-popping.

But it also was a statement that nobody is safe, not even Zatkoff, who’ll be competing with Thomas Greiss for backup duties this training camp, and doesn’t believe the team will carry three goaltenders, per Anderson. So, Zatkoff will attempt to claim what’s rightfully his.

Zatkoff versus Greiss coming this September to a rink near you.

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