Penguins GM Patrick mum on his future with team

The Pittsburgh Penguins have finished the season strong, but will it be enough to save GM Craig Patrick's job?

The Penguins GM didn't answer several questions thrown at him Saturday when asked about his future with the team.

"I'm not going to comment on that," Patrick told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. "It's a dead issue. I'm not going to comment on it. You can keep asking me the same question over and over, but I'm going to say no comment. So you can stop whenever you want, or you can keep questioning me."

Patrick's contract expires on July 1. Before the season's start, many predicted that the Penguins would be back in the hunt after Patrick and the club acquired veterans Mark Recchi, Sergei Gonchar, John LeClair, Zigmund Palffy and Jocelyn Thibault during the offseason to compliment Mario Lemieux and rookie phenom Sidney Crosby.

"It's terribly disappointing," Patrick told the newspaper. "I think we're finishing strong, but that's no consolation at this point."

When asked if he was worried about his contract situation, Patrick said "I don't have a comment on that."

The Penguins (21-45-14) are currently tied with the St. Louis Blues for last place in the league.