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Pittsburgh Penguins: Bylsma Offically “Head Coach”

Pittsburgh PenguinsIt looks like Ray Shero and the Pittsburgh Penguins front office had waited long enough. Today, it was announced that interim head coach Dan Bylsma is being stripped of the “interim” title and has signed a contract to be the Penguins head coach.

This is certainly good news and Bylsma deserves all the credit. If not for this change, I highly doubt the Penguins would be in the playoffs currently. With that said, my fear is that in a year or two (similiar to the Therrien reign) the Penguins will sputter and they will send another coach packing. It seems rare in the NHL for coaches to keep players motivated for more than a few years.

I certainly hope that this does not happen, but I still have to worry. With Bylsma came a more offensive oriented attack for the Penguins and this is clearly better suited for the offensive stars of the Pens. I just have to wonder what the future holds. I guess that is a fairly stupid question to ask as that is the same question anyone can ask about their team.

Regardless, Dan Bylsma has earned this promotion and all Pens fans should be appreciative of what he brought to this team this year. We should also thank GM Ray Shero for making the trades needed to help this team make it to the playoffs. Bill Guerin and Chris Kunitz have been outstanding and Craig Adams has also been an added benefit to the team.

Tonight, we get to see who the Pens play in the next round….

Go Pens!

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One comment for “Pittsburgh Penguins: Bylsma Offically “Head Coach””

  1. It looks like the Penguins will be heading to Washington to play. I know this is going to be a much anticipated match up. I am glad that the Pens didn’t have to head to Boston, but on the other hand if the Pens lose, I would much rather have them lose to Boston than Washington.

    Go Pens!

    Posted by pittpenNo Gravatar | April 28, 2009, 8:38 pm

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