The reports first surfaced this morning and then were proven true during a one o'clock press conference as the Pittsburgh Penguins making some big off ice changes on the heels of another disappointing playoff loss.
Jim Rutherford has been brought in as the General Manager of the Pens Rutherford, who is one of the most respected executives in hockey, was general manager of the Carolina/Hartford franchise for 20 years and led the Carolina Hurricanes to the Stanley Cup in 2006. The move also promotes Jason Botteril to associate GM.
On the coaching front, the decision was made after Ray Shero was fired after the season that the new GM would have the final say on Dan Bylsma's future. Rutherford making his decision today as the team decided to relieve Byslma of his coaching duties. Bylsma had coached the Penguins for five-plus seasons, compiling a record of 252-117-32 and leading the team to the Stanley Cup in 2009. There is no word as of yet on who the new coach will be.