NHL Rumors: Pittsburgh Penguins GM On The Hot Seat

The Pittsburgh Penguins are the team to watch this summer as they have a ton of drama surrounding their organization. From the potential of Penguins legends Kris Letang and Evgeni Malkin walking in free agency to the chance of them both staying and Marc-Andre Fleury returning, it's all on the table at this point for the Penguins. This includes the team's new ownership group moving on from general manager Ron Hextall, as a report has surfaced in Sports Illustrated.com citing the chance of change for the Pens.

As per the report, it appears Fenway Sports Group (FSG) who owns the Penguins aren't thrilled having Hextall as their man in charge:

On November 29, 2021, it was announced that the Pittsburgh Penguins were being purchased by Fenway Sports Group (FSG) to take over as the majority ownership group. The move was made official on New Years Eve, just before the calendar turned to 2022. Ever since then, speculation has become rampant about what is going to happen to the Penguins organization both on and off the ice this offseason.

The offseason is now upon us; the Penguins lost in the first round again and the discussion about who is staying and who is leaving has started. There are already reports that two of the biggest names in franchise history, Evgeni Malkin and Kris Letang, have been given insultingly low offers. Beyond the product on the ice, however, insiders have begin spinning speculation that Penguins general manager Ron Hextall might be on the hot seat.

Adding fuel to the fire was Rob Rossi's report about those low ball offers and how it pissed off Sidney Crosby.

Sounds like there is trouble in paradise for the Penguins and specifically, their general manager.

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