PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Big changes are coming to the Pittsburgh Penguins.
The Penguins announced Friday that General Manager Ray Shero has been relieved of his duties and the team has already begun looking for a new GM.
Head Coach Dan Bylsma’s future is still uncertain though.
“The decision is to have a new GM come in and do the complete evaluation, to evaluate the entire hockey operations department, including the coaching staff,” Penguins CEO David Morehouse said.
Assistant General Manager Jason Botterill will take over as interim General Manager and is a possible candidate for the job.
“I don’t think it’s impossible. I think he may. He’s a young guy, he’s only 37-years-old. I can tell you the organization regards him very highly,” said Josh Yohe, the Penguins’ beat writer for the Pittsburgh Tribune Review, of the chances Botterill will get the full-time job. “My only problem with that is, he has a lot of the same philosophies as Ray Shero and thinks a lot of the same things about certain players. So how different will the Penguins be if the guy who was Ray Shero’s assistant is in charge?”
Yohe and USA Today’s hockey writer Kevin Allen also weighed in on Bylsma’s future with the team.
“I still think it’s pretty unlikely that he stays. I’ll give it about a 10 percent chance. I think it’s unlikely,” said Yohe. “It’s pretty clear there was some kind of a riff between the coaching staff, Bylsma in particular, and his best players. That’s not something you can really recover from.”