Dan Bylsma: Why He'll Be Coaching the Pittsburgh Penguins for the Long Term

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Dan Bylsma: Why He'll Be Coaching the Pittsburgh Penguins for the Long Term
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In three seasons with the Pittsburgh Penguins, Dan Bylsma has led the team to its third Stanley Cup title, guided them to two other playoff appearances and captured the Jack Adams Trophy as the NHL’s Coach of the Year. He also received a three-year contract extension during the past season, which guarantees that he will lead Pittsburgh through the 2013-14 season.

Granted, these days, contract extensions for coaches can mean very little.

Just ask previous Penguins coach Michel Therrien.

If something starts to go wrong, the coach can be asked to leave town almost as quickly as he was brought in.

However, I don’t think that will happen with Bylsma.

Here is why he will be coaching the Penguins through 2014, and maybe even beyond.

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