UPDATE 11:37 A.M.
Shero has been fired, as expected, but Bylsma’s fate will be decided by whomever Pittsburgh hires to be its next general manager. So for now, he’s still the Penguins’ coach.
BREAKING: The Penguins fire general manager Ray Shero. Coach Dan Bylsma will be evaluated by the next general manager, the team says.— NBC Sports (@NBCSports) May 16, 2014
Change was expected in Pittsburgh after the Penguins gave up a 3-1 series lead to lose in seven games to the New York Rangers in the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs, and on Friday the ax will fall on Coach Dan Bylsma and General Manager Ray Shero, according to TSN’s Bob McKenzie.
PIT will announce this morning GM Ray Shero and head coach Dan Bylsma have been fired. #TSN— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) May 16, 2014
Will one of them land in Washington, which is looking for both a coach and a general manager?
PIT assistant GM Jason Botterill likely to take over on an interim basis. Shero likely to immediately become frontrunner for GM job in WSH.— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) May 16, 2014
The Penguins will hold an 11:30 a.m. news conference to discuss the moves.
Bylsma was Pittsburgh’s coach for six seasons. After leading the Penguins to the Stanley Cup in 2008-09, his first season, they advanced to the conference finals only once: last season, when Pittsburgh was swept by the Bruins.
Fancy Stats blogger Neil Greenberg said Bylsma wasn’t to blame, pointing to the team’s lack of depth once you get past stars Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin. That would seem to place the blame at the feet of Shero, who has been the Penguins’ general manager since 2006.
Ray Shero was GM of the year last year. Dan Bylsma was coach of the year in 2011. Tough business, man.— Nick Cotsonika (@cotsonika) May 16, 2014