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Bylsma Should Get A Contract Extension

from Ron Cook of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,

Dan Bylsma talked Sunday as if he knows he will be coaching the Penguins next season. He flat said of Marc-Andre Fleury, "He's our No. 1 goalie. He will be going forward. ... He's going to play great. There's no question about that. He's going to win a lot of hockey games for this team." Bylsma went on to say that Tomas Vokoun will return to his backup role next season. It's hard to believe he went public with that information without approval from general manager Ray Shero. Actually, it's hard to believe Shero didn't tell him to say it considering Bylsma had no confidence in Fleury in these playoffs and played him in relief in just one of 11 games after benching him for Vokoun after Game 4 of the first-round series against the New York Islanders.

Bylsma, whose job security has been the No. 1 topic around town since the Penguins were eliminated Friday night by the Boston Bruins in the Eastern Conference final, said he had not talked to Shero about his future. That's also hard to believe. Shero was unavailable for comment because of a personal situation and won't address the media until Wednesday. It won't be surprising if he announces a contract extension for Bylsma, who's believed to have one year left on his current deal. No one wants a coach in that situation.

Extending -- not firing -- Bylsma will be the right thing for Shero to do.

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He flat said of Marc-Andre Fleury, “He’s our No. 1 goalie. He will be going forward. ... He’s going to play great. There’s no question about that. He’s going to win a lot of hockey games for this team.”

Bylsma is just daring Shero to fire him with that comment.

Posted by Hootinani on 06/10/13 at 09:01 AM ET

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I Knew you would put this assclown of a columnists new column up, Just top let you know, Pens fans have no use for Cook writing about the Pens, He HATES the Pens Just to let ya know

Posted by Evilpens on 06/10/13 at 09:02 AM ET

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Hootinani Nope he is as I have said an Arrogant Prick that since he went in a calender years time from being an asst. coach in the AHL to HC of the SC champ Penguins he thinks he knows all their is to know about hockey & if you watch the whole PC which is on pittsburghpenguins.com he is talking like a man who knows he is gone

And also the Goalie Coach Gilles Meloche is going to resign & become a scout for the so “He can spend more time with his Family” & as I have said he is a Marion drinking Buddy & as has been with the Pens a long time as a player, scout & Goalie so they are letting him resign instead of firing him

he was reassigned to scout when Ed Olczyck was fired because Michel Therrien wanted to bring his own Goalie coach in with him

Posted by Evilpens on 06/10/13 at 09:07 AM ET

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I still have a hard time understanding how a team with all that undeniable talent can implode so completely, and not have that fall on the coaching staff… the problem is, Bylsma is a good coach, and probably deserves another year, but you can’t really put him on the hot seat for a year with essentially an ultimatum. Then the players know he’s a sitting duck, so if they are at all frustrated with him at any point, they can hold him hostage. Shero almost has to either can him now, or extend him.

Posted by Nathan from the scoresheet! on 06/10/13 at 10:09 AM ET

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UMMMMMMMMMMMMM WTF he has failed 4 seasons in a row

Posted by Evilpens on 06/10/13 at 10:33 AM ET

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man i don’t understand the column or Bylsma coming out already declaring Fleury as our number one goalie.  Perhaps to drive up his value for an upcoming trade(good luck with that).

This highlights what I think is Bylsma’s biggest shortcoming.  Coddles the stars here in Pittsburgh.  he is too easy on Sid, Malkin, Letang, Fleury and then how can his message trickle down to other players when they can get away with murder and not be held accountable. 

We need a mix of Therrien/Blysma going forward.  not sure which coach has those skills but that’s my two cents.

Posted by tbassett on 06/10/13 at 10:49 AM ET

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Tippett
1st off Cook has always HATED hockey, He said when they were in bankruptcy he “Hoped” they would move away & Tom McMillian who was a fellow writer at the P-G & was then & now in the Pens PR dept. went after him at a Pens game becuase of how many local people would lose jobs if Pens left & the Gutless Cook backed down & ran away from Tom who has the body of a Pipe Cleaner

Posted by Evilpens on 06/10/13 at 10:53 AM ET

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http://pittsburgh.cbslocal.com/2013/06/10/errey-on-bylsma-got-to-get-everybody-on-the-same-page-and-they-werent/ 

Posted by Evilpens on 06/10/13 at 11:06 AM ET

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I hope Bylsma gets extended just to see your reaction, Evilpens. I think he should be fired, but I don’t really care.

It will be similar to how Wings fan will react when Holland lets Filppula walk for nothing.

Posted by awould on 06/10/13 at 11:44 AM ET

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With the assets that the Pens gave up in this years trades, especially considering that they were the best or second best team before they made them, its hard to image them looking at a ECF exit as anything but a huge failure.

Other than a coaching change what can you do to improve your chances next year? You have to worry about the cap. You can’t continue to trade assets away. There is some room for improvement from younger players but not in a game changing way.

A new coach and style of play might be the wa to go. It woked in 2009 for the Pens.

Posted by lancer on 06/10/13 at 12:03 PM ET

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It will be similar to how Wings fan will react when Holland lets Filppula walk for nothing.

Sheer, unadulterated joy?

Or is that just me?

Posted by Garth on 06/10/13 at 12:12 PM ET

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Funny how Tortorella was roasted for “ruining” his team by benching Richards. What message did it send to he team if he did not have the back of his “best” (i.e. highest paid) players?  Tortorella was throwing players “under the bus” when they didn’t perform and he called them out. Tortorella’s defense first system was causing preventing their offensive stars from producing.

Now Bylsma is being criticized for being too easy on his “best” players. Not being tough or structured enough.  In his defense, he did bench Fleury which as a glaringly obvious move that needed to be made. However, how is Shero coming off completely unscathed (I’d say Scot free, but that would not be PC) ?  Shero made the deals to bring in the “veterans” to make the big playoff push and they all to one extent or another failed. Shero can take credit for predicting Fleury’s demise by bringing in Vokoun. So between Shero and Bylsma they made came to one good conclusion - Fleury stunk. Now Shero is going to low-ball the third and fourth liners to keep the top end well paid.

Guess there is no way to please everyone all the time.

Posted by hockey1919 from mid-atlantic on 06/10/13 at 12:23 PM ET

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Posted by Garth on 06/10/13 at 12:12 PM ET

You’ll be happy that Holland gets nothing for Filppula?

That years of speculation and the conventional wisdom that the Wings literally can’t sign him for what he’d get on the free market and Holland doesn’t get even a draft pick? I’ll be happy to see Filppula go because he isn’t worth even close to what he’s gonna get and we need the space to sign other players, but I’ll be super pissed if Holland gets nothing in return.

Holland has said many times recently that the path to long-term success for the Wings lies more in the draft and developing that talent than anywhere else. So he should be angling to maximize the limited value Filppula still holds for the organization. But you’d be happy if they get nothing?

Posted by awould on 06/10/13 at 12:40 PM ET

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Sheer, unadulterated joy?

As long as we get something in return for him, I’m with you Garth.

Posted by MOWingsfan19 from I really like our team on 06/10/13 at 12:42 PM ET

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Maybe Filpula will end up in Dallas…

Posted by TheFreak on 06/10/13 at 01:03 PM ET

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Funny how Tortorella was roasted for “ruining” his team by benching Richards. What message did it send to he team if he did not have the back of his “best” (i.e. highest paid) players?

I saw that more as a guy the media hated sitting a guy whose always been nice to them, dressed up as a tactical assessment, even though it was no such thing. Just sharks circling because the blood of their hated enemy’s in the water. If it was, dunno, the standoffish Kovalev being sat by media favorite Ken Hitchcock, you’d have never heard the criticism on those grounds. Come to think of it, media fav Bylsma did sit Alex Kovalev in the playoffs and wasn’t criticized in the same terms.

However, how is Shero coming off completely unscathed (I’d say Scot free, but that would not be PC) ?  Shero made the deals to bring in the “veterans” to make the big playoff push and they all to one extent or another failed.

Well look, all Shero can do is set the table and invite the guests. He doesn’t plan the dinner party or cook and serve the meal. He gave Bylsma a lot of options. If he were going to dictate what Bylsma do with them, why have a head coach at all?

Posted by larry on 06/10/13 at 01:32 PM ET

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Now Bylsma is being criticized for being too easy on his “best” players. Not being tough or structured enough.  In his defense, he did bench Fleury which as a glaringly obvious move that needed to be made. However, how is Shero coming off completely unscathed (I’d say Scot free, but that would not be PC) ?  Shero made the deals to bring in the “veterans” to make the big playoff push and they all to one extent or another failed. Shero can take credit for predicting Fleury’s demise by bringing in Vokoun. So between Shero and Bylsma they made came to one good conclusion - Fleury stunk. Now Shero is going to low-ball the third and fourth liners to keep the top end well paid.

Guess there is no way to please everyone all the time.

Posted by hockey1919 from mid-atlantic on 06/10/13 at 12:23 PM ET

There’s definitely plenty of blame to go around, but to me, Shero deserves to be insulated a bit from this failure because the talent level of the players he has provided to Bylsma is undeniably high.

There are plenty of fair criticisms of Shero, but when he provides his coaching staff with oodles of talent, the buck has to stop at the coach’s desk before it flies up to the GM’s office.

The other factor in this situation is that Bylsma isn’t really that experienced. John Tortorella gets more rope with which to hang himself because he has a longer track record as an NHL head coach, and his Stanley Cup success story is a bit more impressive than that of Bylsma. If that comparison isn’t stark enough for you, take Babcock or Quenneville as examples of guys that are entitled to having time to re-tool and hash things out given their longer track records of success (including many deep playoff runs with multiple teams that had different roster makeups).

I don’t want to shit on Bylsma too much—I think he’s a fine coach and probably has lots of productivity ahead in his career. When you look at the really good veteran coaches in the league, the start he’s had to his career is comparable and in many cases better. But that’s just it, it’s a start, and maybe it is time for the Pens to let him loose, and in the long run both parties will be better for it.

Posted by Nathan from the scoresheet! on 06/10/13 at 01:41 PM ET

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You’ll be happy that Holland gets nothing for Filppula?

As long as we get something in return for him, I’m with you Garth.

I was annoyed that Holland didn’t deal Filppula when there might have actually been some value in him, if he doesn’t anything for Filppula now it will just be par for the course.  I’m not going to get worked up over not being able to get a 6th rounder for Filppula.  I’ll just be happy knowing that he’s gone.

I would rather Holland come out today and say that he he’s giving anyone in the league the right to talk to Filppula for free because there’s no way that Detroit is re-signing him at any price than have Holland keep quiet and make me worry that they’ll come to an 11th hour deal keeping Filppula in Detroit until he’s 36.

but I’ll be super pissed if Holland gets nothing in return.

Why?  He’s essentially worthless on the trade front right now, why would a 6th rounder make you happy?  Holland already blew his chance to get anything worthwhile in return for Filppula.

Posted by Garth on 06/10/13 at 01:57 PM ET

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Shero, but when he provides his coaching staff with oodles of talent

I see this very often, but the “key” guys that Shero brought in for the playoff push were an unmitigated disaster. Did the GM disrupt team chemistry? Did he overvalue players for their nameplates and not their currrent abilities? Did he take a big swing for this playoff run and turn it into a last big push at the expense of future runs? Did he really think he had a playoff calibre defense? To me it wasn’t totally what Bylsma did with the roster, I think the roster was more flawed then people realize. Iginla and Morrow are great stories, no longer great hockey players.

I think Shero did a fair job, but the idea that he gave Bylsma a “perfect” team that just underperformed needs some scrutiny as well. He also hired Bylsma so any blame he gets, the GM shares in. I said it previously, I think Byslma did a good job of building off of Therrien for the Cup, but I think the current team lacked defensive structure so he isn’t guilt free.

John Tortorella gets more rope with which to hang himself

And yet he had a shorter reign in New York than Byslma in Pittsburgh, while the GM sits in the press box chewing on his cigar. I just happen to think it is the GMs that get away unchallenged too often. The way they mangled the last CBA tells me that they aren’t all what they claim to be when running a coaches carousel.

Just sharks circling because the blood of their hated enemy’s in the water

Probably hits the nail on the head when it comes to Tortorella. I have never seen such glee in one coaches demise and it almost bordered on unprofessionalism by the media. As a fan, I can have an opinion of a coach and post incoherent and inconsistent comments as much as I like. As journalists a lot of it seemed like a hatchet job, at least in Larry Brooks defense, he was open and honest about it the whole time Tortorella was there and not just once he was gone.

Posted by hockey1919 from mid-atlantic on 06/10/13 at 02:41 PM ET

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Why?  He’s essentially worthless on the trade front right now, why would a 6th rounder make you happy?  Holland already blew his chance to get anything worthwhile in return for Filppula.

Posted by Garth on 06/10/13 at 01:57 PM ET

Well, when Detroit traded Leino’s rights to Philadelphia they got a 5th rounder that they did some good with—http://www.redwingscentral.com/prospects/mattias-backman/

It would be great to see them get “lucky” again and flip Flip’s rights for someone useful down the road.

Posted by SK77 on 06/10/13 at 02:56 PM ET

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Posted by some kid on 06/10/13 at 02:56 PM ET

Don’t get me wrong, if they can get something for him I’ll be very happy, but I’m nto going to be pissed off if they don’t.

Whether they get something for his rights or not won’t be the focal point of the off-season for me.  If they get a quality scoring winger, I won’t be angry if they get nohing for Filppula, and if they don’t get a quality scoring winger I won’t be less pissed off if they get a mid-to-late rounder for Filppula.

Posted by Garth on 06/10/13 at 03:23 PM ET

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