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May 14, 2014 | 10:49am ET
Pens already considering major overhaul?
TheFourthPeriod.com

Mere moments after being eliminated from the Stanley Cup Playoffs, questions have already popped up over the future of some members of the Pittsburgh Penguins.

According to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, questions are already being asked by Pens majority co-owners Mario Lemieux and Ron Burkle and CEO David Morehouse.

Citing "multiple sources," Rob Rossi of the Tribune-Review reports the Penguins will be evaluating everyone in the organization's hockey operations department and changes could include the termination of GM Ray Shero and head coach Dan Bylsma.

"Our ultimate goal is to win the Stanley Cup," Bylsma told the paper. "We haven't done that in five seasons. I haven't contemplated what the price is going to be or anything toward the future yet."

With 13 main pending unrestricted free agents on the roster, the Penguins must also determine what changes they plan on making to the on-ice product.

The Penguins have roughly $16 million in available salary cap space, if the cap hits $71.1 million next season. It's believed, however, that the cap may fall between $68 million and $70 million, a figure the NHL will confirm in the coming weeks.

One of the Penguins' most pressing roster decisions will revolve around defenseman Matt Niskanen, who is among the players set to become an unrestricted free agent July 1 and is due for a significant raise that could put his annual salary over $5 million.

Forwards Jussi Jokinen, Lee Stempniak, Marcel Goc and Taylor Pyatt, and blueliners Brooks Orpik and Deryk Engelland are also up for new contracts.

Before any roster or coaching decisions are made, though, it appears ownership will first decide the fate of Shero.


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