After lacking the playoffs for the primary time in 17 years, the Pittsburgh Penguins are making main entrance workplace adjustments. On Friday, the Penguins introduced that they’ve fired normal supervisor Ron Hextall, President of Hockey Operations Brian Burke and assistant normal supervisor Chris Pryor.
Hextall and Burke had been employed by the Penguins in February of 2021, and the Penguins fell wanting expectations of their two seasons on the job. Pittsburgh misplaced within the first spherical of the 2022 Stanley Cup Playoffs, after which a season later its historic 16-year playoff streak formally got here to an finish on Wednesday night time.
In an announcement from John Henry and Tom Werner of Fenway Sports Group — the workforce’s possession group — they thanked Burke, Hextall and Pryor for his or her contributions to the franchise. They additionally emphasised their perception that the workforce nonetheless has the power to compete for the Stanley Cup within the close to future.
“We are grateful to Brian, Ron, and Chris for his or her contributions to the group over the previous two seasons, however we really feel that the workforce will profit from new hockey operations management,” Henry and Werner stated in an announcement. “While this season has been disappointing, we consider in our core group of gamers and the purpose of contending for the Stanley Cup has not modified.”
Director of Hockey Operations Alec Shall, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton normal supervisor Erik Heasley and head coach Mike Sullivan will lead the entrance workplace as Pittsburgh searches for its subsequent normal supervisor.
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