Penguins Management Structure Taking Shape

Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Shero, Bylsma out, Rutherford in, Botterill, Fitzgerald and Guerin promoted.

Friday, the Penguins announced the hiring of former Hurricanes general manager Jim Rutherford to the same position. Rutherford's hiring ends three weeks of speculation as to who would replace Ray Shero at the top of the Penguins' hockey operations department.

Rutherford led the Hurricanes as the only GM in team history until stepping down from that post earlier this year.

Rutherford's hiring wasn't the only move made on Friday. Here's the rest of the shakeup.

Jason Botterill was retained by the team, promoted to Associate General Manager from former post as Assistant General Manager.

Tom Fitzgerald was retained and promoted to Assistant General Manager. So, too, was Bill Guerin, who will serve as the team's second Assistant GM alongside Fitzgerald.

Fitzgerald had previously been the team's Assistant to the GM since 2009. Guerin worked as a Player Development Coach within the organization. He is only a few seasons removed from having been with the Penguins as a player, and is already an assistant GM (that is stratospheric).

As mentioned elsewhere, head coach Dan Bylsma is out, and there has been no word on what will happen to his assistant coaches until the new bench boss is named.

The last big vacancy to be filled is at head coach, where there are three other NHL teams (Florida, Vancouver, Carolina) currently without a coach.

Clearly, Rutherford's hiring was made in an effort to help groom the Penguins' internal GM candidates for future work in that role. Botterill seems to be closest to making the jump, but Guerin's light-speed rise from former player to Assistant GM has to raise the eyebrows.

We'll have more from Rutherford's presser as the transcript becomes available.

In the meantime, we've got the under on the number of minutes and seconds it'll take Bylsma to get a new job.

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