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Starkey:  Lemieux, Burkle Endorse Status Quo

From Joe Starkey of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.  Starkey lists the majority of bullets for those not agreeing with a contract extension for Penguins Head Coach Dan Bylsma.

Instead, they essentially told the world — via Shero — that they are accepting of the hideous playoff implosions that have marked the past four springs.

The Montreal meltdown.  The Tampa Bay tank job.  The Philly flop.  The Boston Tee Party (See local country club).

This move evokes the Steelers' coach-centric model of management. Which might not be a bad thing. It's a vote for stability. And who knows? The Steelers were proven correct when they twice extended Bill Cowher after disappointing seasons. The Penguins might be vindicated, too. It's just so hard to envision a largely unchanged cast changing the script next spring.

I mean, really, Marc-Andre Fleury's coming back, as Shero stated in the strongest possible words? The Bylsma-Fleury marriage works? Management's confidence in a shattered goaltender has not waned?

Nope. Nothing to see here.

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Evilpens's avatar

Yep Starkey is 1005 correct, this is the reason I don’t like Mario as “Owner” he has NEVER liked defensive oriented coaches

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


I’m seeing a lot more people upset about this then I thought there would be. Just because Bylsma got an extension doesn’t mean he can’t be fired in the future.

Likewise, EP, while I would agree that Lemieux probably isn’t fond of D first coaches, the Pens were fine having and extending Therrien.  And D wasn’t the issue as to why they were eliminated this year.

Posted by pens fan in baltimore on 06/13/13 at 11:21 AM ET

Evilpens's avatar

Yes it was because Of Jack Adams “System” that lives & Dies with the stretch pass they didn’t have much time with the puck it was try the stretch pass intercepted, GUy who the pass got to jumped & turnover happens or icing & back into the zone we go

Who of their D Men can consistently make that pass to begin with ?? Letang ?? Turnover machine, Marcia Eaton? Next , Orpik?? Next Nisky?? Next, Martin Pretty good passer so OK I’ll give you him, Engo?? Next , Murray?? hahaha.

Problem is a constantly reoccurring theme, Pounding Square Pegs into Round Holes

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

Evilpens's avatar

also why most the people are pissed off is they can plainly see that this CS will NEVER EVER change & will have a very good to great reg. season & shit the bed in the playoffs when teams really breakdown your weaknesses & where coaching gets more & more important every round

Posted by Evilpens on 06/13/13 at 01:59 PM ET

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