In a surprise move, the Penguins fire assistant GM

Assistant general manager Jason Karmanos was let go Monday
Penguins General Manager Jim Rutherford
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In a surprising move, the Penguins fired assistant general manager Jason Karmanos on Monday.

General manager Jim Rutherford made the announcement saying, “We would like to thank Jason Karmanos for his contributions to the organization over the past six years,” said Rutherford. “I have been evaluating our hockey operations department, and this is the first part of the process to re-organize our group.”

Karmanos was also the GM in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.

Sam Ventura, the Penguins director of hockey research, will take over for Karmanos’ in the interim.

Erik Heasley, Pittsburgh’s manager of hockey operations will be the interim general manager of the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins.

The move could mean a return to Pittsburgh for former associate GM Jason Botterill, who left the Penguins in 2017 to become the general manager for the Buffalo Sabres but was fired this past June.