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Penguins mull possible firing of GM Ray Shero, coach Dan Bylsma

The Penguins have lost to a lower-seeded team for five consecutive years, a streak that traces back to when they won the Stanley Cup Finals in 2009. (Noah Graham/Getty Images) fs, a streak that traces back to when they won the Stanley Cup Finals in 2009. (Noah Graham/Getty Images)

Penguins front office executives spent their second day of meetings Wednesday contemplating whether to fire  general manager Ray Shero and head coach Dan Bylsma, according to a report from Rob Rossi of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

Bylsma received a two-year contract extension last June after the team was swept in the conference finals. As of Wednesday, ownership preferred the route of firing of Bylsma, according to the report, in part because he lost chemistry with franchise centers Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin. Shero said his job would be in jeopardy if the Penguins lost Game 7 to the Rangers, which they did by a score of 2-1.

The defeat marked the team's second blown 3-1 series lead in the last four years. According to the report, ownership wants to make big changes because of "a perceived lack of accountability, overall team toughness and poor drafts." 

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