PITTSBURGH -- The Pittsburgh Penguins fired general manager Ray Shero on Friday but have retained coach Dan Bylsma, Penguins president David Morehouse announced Friday during a press conference at Consol Energy Center.
Assistant general manager Jason Botterill was named interim GM, and Morehouse said he is a candidate for the full-time position. The announcement came three days after the Penguins were eliminated from the Stanley Cup Playoffs by the New York Rangers in the Eastern Conference Second Round after holding a 3-1 series lead.
Morehouse said the search for a new GM has begun, but Pittsburgh is not specifically targeting anyone other than Botterill. The new GM will evaluate Bylsma and the rest of the coaching staff before a decision is made on their future in Pittsburgh, Morehouse said.
"The new GM will be charged with overseeing and revamping our hockey operations with the goal of returning the team to championship form," Morehouse said. "Part of his initial duties will be to evaluate our hockey operations department, including the coaching staff, and make decisions in the best interest of the franchise moving forward.
"Our ownership group led by Mario Lemieux and Ron Burkle felt that it was time to move the franchise in a new direction. Like our fans, they have been very disappointed with our early exits from the playoffs. They made this decision because we believe new leadership can help us get back on track to achieve our goal of winning the Stanley Cup."