Penguins fire assistant general manager Jason Karmanos; possible reunion with Jason Botterill?

Botterill served as associate general manager in Pittsburgh before being hired by the Sabres in 2017

In a surprising move on Monday, the Pittsburgh Penguins announced the firing of assistant general manager Jason Karmanos.

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. 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 general manager of the Penguins' American Hockey League affiliate 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 general manager Jason Botterill, who left the Penguins in 2017 to become the general manager for the Buffalo Sabres.

He was fired by the Sabres this past June.