Microphone broken at the start of press conference. That was the most exciting thing that happened.
Sawyer spoke, said nothing earth shattering. Team needs to move forward, lots of good available people will step forward and the search begins immediately.
Q & A from the press:
1. Sawyer pleased with Therrien, and thinks he'll do a good job as we move forward. New GM will be non-negotiable on Therrien, he is staying.
2. New ownership shouldn't be held back by lack of GM presently, and potential buyers will step forward based on player talent.
3. No time table for GM hiring. The plan is to hire more than one person, creating new ranks within the scouting department.
4. As of now, he didn't want to comment on any particular names or candidates. Says nobody has contacted the Pens yet.
5. No changes are immediately planned to cut back any of the CP staff -- the decision will be the new GM's to make. This includes Glen Patrick.
6. Mario talked with Craig and was part of the decision to move forward.
7. Sawyer refused to answer questions as to the particulars of 'why' Patrick was fired. Just kept saying the new generation Pens need to move forward.
8. Says GM may not necessarilly be in place by free agency opening. He said we won't be competing with teams that are at the cap level, so it's not important to jump in right away, but will look carefully.
9. Says he has talked to Therrien and they will probably hire a 3rd coach.
10. Sawyer says Tretiak being head of Rus. has already led to talks with NHL on transfer agreement and he is confident that Malkin will be able to come over.
12:45 pm, press conference over. Sorry for the fragments guys, I think I got most of it in there.