From Elliotte Friedman
One team president's theory on Pittsburgh and head coach Dan Bylsma: "In the real world, an owner hires someone at the top who makes decisions on everyone else. I'd bet that's what [Penguins owner] Ron Burkle is doing." I'll say the same thing I say about all of these openings: 'Make it quick. Don't let people hang.'
No...it can't be. There has
to be some kind of conspiracy, right?
I'm not necessarily a fan of leaving Bylsma (and the fans) hanging, but it makes sense to demonstrate to any potential new GM that he has full control over hockey decisions. People want to read into Morehouse being the new GM's direct superior, but that's the chain of command. It doesn't necessarily mean Morehouse wants involved in hockey decisions, but rather, he wants the opportunity to be involved if he deems it necessary. When Shero was hired, he reported directly to Ken Sawyer, who was the only person to report to ownership. When Sawyer left and Morehouse was promoted, Shero's contract was adjusted, giving him the final say on all hockey-related decisions and the ability to bypass Morehouse and report directly to ownership. In hindsight, ownership likely views this as a huge mistake, as no one could trump what Shero wanted to do, and by giving him the ability to report directly to them, he had even more power than most GMs do and should have.
If I had to guess, I would say either Botterill or Brisebois will get the job -- most likely Botterill, as Burkle/Lemieux have stated that they would like the hockey operations staff to stay in place for the most part and any outside hire likely would want "his" guys. The new GM will make his own decision about Bylsma and his staff, which is a foregone conclusion from what I'm hearing and reading as speculation from both local and national media. Bylsma will be out. The majority, if not all, of the scouting department will be replaced. My speculation: Fitzgerald likely will become Assistant GM and Guerin will either stay in his current capacity or slide into the Assistant to the GM position vacated by Fitzgerald. New coach will either by Hynes, which I believe would be a mistake because of his rookie coaching status, or an outside hire with coaching clout -- and it won't be Granato or Martin, though one or both may be retained.
I expect all of this to wrap up in no more than one week. Of course, that is purely speculation on my part, but I believe ownership wants a quick turnaround so the new staff can begin gameplans for the draft and free agency.