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Penguins fire GM Ray Shero, keep coach Dan Bylsma

By Lance Hornby, Toronto Sun

The Pittsburgh Penguins fired general manager Ray Shero (left) Friday and will evaluate head coach Dan Bylsma. (Reuters/QMI Agency)

The Pittsburgh Penguins fired general manager Ray Shero (left) Friday and will evaluate head coach Dan Bylsma. (Reuters/QMI Agency)

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MONTREAL - 

Having Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin in the dressing room means nothing if the team can’t win.

So the Pittsburgh Penguins are cashing in general manager Ray Shero after a Game 7 home loss to the Rangers became the latest example of the talented team’s failure to win big games. Earlier reports that coach Dan Bylsma was part of a larger house cleaning were not correct.

Team CEO David Morehouse said at a Friday morening press conference the next general manager will look at Bylsma and the entire hockey department. Assistant GM Jason Botterill will be in charge for now and the Pittsburgh Post Gazette says he will be a candidate for the full time role, but many others are expected to line up.

Pittsburgh seemed to be poised for a long run as a serious Cup contender after Shero and Bylsma were on the masthead for the 2009 title. But for the past five seasons, a lower-seeded team toppled them and the Rangers had seemed ripe for the picking this time.

Shero was on the job eight years and was GM of the year lst season, making the Cup final twice. But there has been increasing evidence the two principal stars have not performed to full effectiveness for whatever reason. Marc-Andre Fleury has also struggled in goal at times and big trades haven’t panned out. Owners Mario Lemieux and Ron Burkle have taken note and a major shake-up was expected.

 

 


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