Penguins Fire Shero But Not Bylsma.

TSN’s Bob McKenzie reports the Pittsburgh Penguins will announce later this morning the firings of GM Ray Shero and head coach Dan Bylsma.

Dan Bylsma (left) and Ray Shero in happier times.

Dan Bylsma (left) and Ray Shero in happier times.

 SPECTOR’S NOTE: I’m not surprised Bylsma got his walking papers but a bit surprised Shero was also given the heave-ho. Still, after five seasons of being a dominant regular-season team which comes up small in the playoffs, changes were inevitable.

The question now is who replaces them and how long it takes for the Penguins to do this. The NHL Draft is six weeks away, so they have some time to sort things out.

Once the new management’s in place, the next question becomes which players could be dealt. That should  be a hot topic of discussion and debate between now and the NHL draft weekend in late-June. 

UPDATE: Shero has been fired but McKenzie now reports Bylsma is not. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: And I thought the Maple Leafs were the only ones making weird coaching decisions. That’s just kinda weird. Though the players are denying it there were multiple reports Bylsma “lost the room”, but ownership apparently believes otherwise. Hopefully there will be more details behind this decision. Awaiting plenty of “WTF?” reaction from Pittsburgh media, bloggers and fans. 

3 Comments

  1. Jeez , Bylsma has the best regular-season winning percentage (.670) in team history with an all-time record of 252-117-32. Wonder if Shanny is regretting his choice of coach now

  2. Shero made some good trades (Neal and Niskanen for Goligoski +, Goc trade, Iginla trade, even the Hossa trade (included Dupuis), Whitney for Kunitz) but his FA signings and resignings are questionable.
    Nobody could know Letang getting a stroke, but even healthy he is overpaid. And he gave Malkin more money than Crosby. I don’t say Crosby is the better player, but their last contracts were equal money wise!

    And they have to make a lot of decisions regarding their forwards (only Crosby, Malkin, Kunitz, Neal, Bennett, Adams and Dupuis are signed for next season and their defensemen (Letang, Martin, Scuderi and Maata are signed).
    Will be a very interesting summer for the pens!

  3. WTF? Hey Bylsma coaching record speaks volumes here but rarely does the upper echelon of TSN get the turning of the screw wrong