May 16 2014 ISN – The Pittsburgh Penguins on Friday fired general manager Ray Shero. The announcement was made by team president David Morehouse during a press conference at Consol Energy Center.

Morehouse said assistant general manager Jason Botteril will serve as interim general manager and that he would be a candidate for the full-time position. Morehouse said the new general manager would decide the future of coach Dan Bylsma and his staff.

The future of the club’s front office had been in question since the Penguins to the New York Rangers in Game 7 of their Eastern Conference Second Round series after leading the series 3-1. It marked the fifth straight year the Penguins had lost to a lower-seeded team.

The loss to Rangers also marked the second time in four years the Penguins had blown a 3-1 series lead while having home-ice advantage; they lost to the Tampa Bay Lightning in seven games in the first round of the 2011 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Shero replaced Craig Patrick as GM in 2006, and in eight seasons guided the team to the Stanley Cup in 2009 as well as a trip to the Final in 2008. The Penguins won a division title three times and finished no worse than second in the division every season of his tenure.