NHL’s Penguins Fire Shero, New GM to Decide Bylsma’s Future

The Pittsburgh Penguins fired General Manager Ray Shero after the National Hockey League team’s second-round playoff loss to the New York Rangers.

The status of coach Dan Bylsma will be evaluated by Shero’s successor, Penguins President David Morehouse said in a press conference. Bylsma, 43, was to be fired along with Shero, TSN of Canada reported on its website prior to the team’s announcement.

Pittsburgh lost the decisive Game 7 of their Eastern Conference semifinal against New York after leading the series three games to one. The 2-1 defeat dropped the Penguins to 2-7 in seventh games on their home ice, including losses to Montreal in 2010 and Tampa Bay in 2011.

“It’s not just about this season,” Morehouse said. “We’ve had five consecutive years of underachievement in the playoffs. However, this isn’t a complete overhaul. We’re a good team. We just have high expectations and want to get better.”

Assistant General Manager Jason Botterill will take over for Shero on an interim basis and is a candidate for the permanent role, Morehouse said.

“There’s a lot of disappointment in here right now,” Penguins Captain Sidney Crosby told reporters yesterday. “When you don’t meet the expectations and you don’t deliver, you have to own up to that as players and as an organization. We all understand that.”

While the Penguins had the league’s best power-play during the regular season, they converted one of 20 opportunities against the Rangers and Crosby, the NHL’s leading point scorer this season, was held to one goal in the playoffs.

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