Penguins Fire GM Ray Shero

PITTSBURGH – The Pittsburgh Penguins this morning announced that general manager Ray Shero had been fired following the team’s second round loss to the New York Rangers.

Co-owners Mario Lemieux and Ron Burkle made the announcement, noting the search for a new general manager is already underway.

“Ray is a good person who made a positive impact on the Penguins and the Pittsburgh community,” Lemieux and Burkle said in a joint statement. “We thank him for his contributions to our organization, and especially for his key role with our 2009 Stanley Cup championship team. We wish all the best for him and his family.”

The team’s new GM will decide the fate of current coach Dan Bylsma and the rest of the coaching staff.