The Pittsburgh Penguins are left to consider their future, after their fifth straight season of disappointment since winning the Stanley Cup back in 2009. In what was an unthinkable move until recently, will General Manager Ray Shero be shown the door?
Rob Rossi of the Tribune-Review says that upper management is still in discussions:
Lemieux, fellow majority co-owner Ron Burkle and CEO David Morehouse met Wednesday to determine the future of general manager Ray Shero and coach Dan Bylsma, sources told the Tribune-Review. The Penguins' top brass also met before Game 7 — in New York and Pittsburgh — to evaluate the state of the franchise, the sources said.
Ownership is not happy with a perceived lack of accountability, overall team toughness and poor drafts, the sources said.
No decision on Shero had been made as of Wednesday, but ownership favored terminating Bylsma, the sources said.
Lemieux, also the Penguins' chairman, preferred keeping Shero, the general manager since May 2006. Burkle believed the Penguins needed a new general manager to rebuild a potential championship roster around captain Sidaney Crosby, the sources said.
Linking himself to Bylsma
Bad Free Agent Contracts
In a vacuum giving Tanner Glass $1.1 million a year for two years might not be the worst thing. But giving a 4th line grinder who was a healthy scratch in 15 out of 28 playoff games in his two years with the team that kind of salary cap space is a problem. The team's salary structure was already hamstrung with top talent eating up a large amount of cap room, every dollar becomes important and Shero paid about twice as much he should have for a true 4th line winger with very limited upside.
Zbynek Michalek got $4 million dollars for five years and turned out to be an awful fit. Luckily, the Pens were able to trade him back to Phoenix for a minimal return to clear that mistake.
Over-aggressive Rentals that didn't fit Team Needs
Loyal Soldier Contracts