The Pittsburgh Penguins have just removed the Interim label from bench-boss Dan Bylsma by awarding him a multi-year contract. Bylsma has done a terrific job in the last part of the season, leading the Pens to a fourth place finish in the Eastern Conference; not to mention a six game series victory over the HATED Philadelphia Flyers.
Although he has done a great job, I do not think a multi-year contract was necessary at this point in time (unless of coarse, Dan demanded it). How short our memory is. Former head coach Michel Therrien did an equally impressive job with the Pens last year taking the Cinderella team all the way to the finals.
But alas, this year, even with their best start in a dog’s age, they simply laid an egg. Their fade from glory could be attributed to a significant change in personnel, and unfortunately, that may happen to Bylsma in this offseason. It’s no secret, I am not a big Ray Shero fan, and I think this is another misstep.
Yes, Coach Bylsma has certainly earned himself a full year behind the bench. He deserves the chance to show the Penguins faithful that he is the right man for the job.
I just do not think we should anoint him the chosen one just yet. One would think, in such a tough economy, the Penguins would be a little more thrifty with their treasury.