Penguins fire assistant GM in hockey operations shake-up

PITTSBURGH — The Penguins, in perhaps their most surprising move of the offseason, have fired assistant general manager Jason Karmanos.

He joined the organization in 2014 and recently was named general manager of their American Hockey League affiliate in Wilkes-Barre.

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No specific reason for the move was given, but GM Jim Rutherford characterized it as one part of what will be an ongoing process.

“We would like to thank Jason Karmanos for his contributions to the organization over the past six years,” Rutherford said, in a statement released by the team. “I have been evaluating our Hockey Operations department, and this is the first part of the process to reorganize our group.”

During this interim period, the Penguins said director of hockey research, Sam Ventura, will assume Karmanos' duties and Erik Heasley, manager of hockey operations, has been named interim general manager of the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins.

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