The Pittsburgh Penguins moments ago officially announced the team has fired President of Hockey Operations Brian Burke, General Manager Ron Hextall and Assistant General Manager Chris Pryor. The search for a new hockey operations group will begin immediately.

Fenway Sports Group in cleaning house with the front office hierarchy, said in a released statement they still believe in the ‘core leadership and the goal for competing for a Stanley Cup has not changed.’

“We are grateful to Brian, Ron, and Chris for their contributions to the organization over the past two seasons, but we feel that the team will benefit from new hockey operations leadership. While this season has been disappointing, we believe in our core group of players and the goal of contending for the Stanley Cup has not changed,” John Henry and Tom Werner said.

Knowing their fate was likely sealed, Hextall and Burke each traveled with the team for Pittsburgh’s season finale against the Blue Jackets. Hextall signed a five-year contract as General Manager with the Lemieux Group in February 2021, though, the fifth year of the contract was a club option. One significance in the press release from the Penguins: Mike Sullivan To read this insider news, subscribe to get “Inside Access”!