by Tony on 06/04/13 at 09:19 AM ET
Let's be clear: Dan Bylsma does not tend goal. Dan Bylsma does not try to score goals. Dan Bylsma does not provide defense in front of his goalie.
But as we all know, that doesn't amount to a hill of beans in the world of professional sports.
Because as the Penguins inch closer to their fourth straight playoff collapse after winning the Stanley Cup in 2009, Penguins management may very well now be wondering if this coaching staff is built to lead this incredibly stacked team to a championship level once again.
Is a trip to the Eastern Conference Finals sufficient? I wouldn't think so. And it's for that reason that Bylsma's seat should start feeling mighty warm this morning.
Again, let's stress, Bylsma's "superstars" haven't done jack squat. None of them. Evgeni Malkin has had several flashes of outstanding offensive spurts, but it hasn't resulted in anything. Sidney Crosby has arguably been playing the worst hockey of his career these first two games vs. Boston. Jarome Iginla, James Neal, Chris Kunitz have all been non-existent. The defense, especially Kris Letang, has been horrendous. Tomas Vokoun has not played badly, per se, but with the aforementioned defense playing so badly, it doesn't matter. The switch to Marc-Andre Fleury did no good at all, in fact it probably was a bad move in retrospect.
Give Boston a ton of credit, holy hell are they dominating this series.
Maybe it's just the typical fan being pissed off the morning after another incredibly disappointing loss. So yeah, maybe it's just an overreaction on my part.
But I really don't think so this time.
I honestly think if the Penguins don't put up a fight in this series that Bylsma will lose his job.
No real need to extrapolate any further. Short and to the point.
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