This Could Be The End For Dan Bylsma


The Pittsburgh Penguins, led by head coach Dan Bylsma, are gearing up for Game 7 against the New York Rangers tonight. While the season is on the line for both teams, one man’s future is in question. If the Penguins lose tonight, it could be the end of the road for Bylsma behind the Penguins bench.

Bylsma took over in Pittsburgh on Feb. 15, 2009, and has had the luck of coaching some of the league’s top talent. He has won a Stanley Cup (2009) and a Jack Adams Award (NHL’s Best Coach), but only winning one Cup with Sidney Crosby on your roster will tarnish his reputation. Pittsburgh is an annual favorite to win the Cup year in and year out, but the credit goes to the players, not Bylsma.

For his career, he has a .670 winning percentage in the regular season but only a .558 W% in the NHL Playoffs, and that’s where the problem is. Some blame goaltending, and others say it’s just bad luck, but it’s not. Bylsma sets the lineup, including the goaltender, and this postseason is no different. If the Penguins can’t come away with a victory tonight, Bylsma may need to hire a moving company in the morning.

It’s nothing personal, it’s just business, and business in Pittsburgh is the Stanley Cup, at least that’s the idea behind paying Crosby $12 million a year for the next two years at a cap hit of $8.7 million. The Penguins are also going to be paying Evgeni Malkin $9.5 million with an equal cap hit. All I’m saying is the money being spent in Pittsburgh is not spent with hopes of simply making the playoffs, and if Bylsma can’t figure out how to earn a second parade this season, he is most likely going to be coaching in another city next season.

Forget about coaching for your playoff life, Mr. Bylsma. You’re coaching for your future. Win or lose tonight, it’s your team’s performance that will earn you another job or land you behind a desk talking about the NHL instead of coaching in it. Good Luck.

Tags: Dan Bylsma Jack Adams Award Metropolitan Division NHL Playoffs Pittsburgh Penguins Sidney Crosby

  • J holobinko

    Bylsma should have been gone last year! Having said that, I would give him a pass if he gets through this series! I don’t blame him for everything. My biggest gripe is the over hype of Crosby! Yes he won a cup, but who one the MVP in the playoffs that yr? Not mister Crosby! And where was mr Crosby for 2/3 of the biggest game seven of his career? On the bench! Hurt! Didn’t Bergeron play with broken ribs and a punctured lung! So what if Crosby can win gold medals! He’s not doing it for my hockey team! Mark my words “as long as Sidney’s in Pittsburgh, they will not win another cup”!

  • Pridenpoise

    Even if the Penguins do win game 7, which I happen to think they will, they’re no match for either Boston or Montreal in this postseason. One of those two teams will be playing for Lord Stanley in June.

  • MH

    I think more of the team’s issues lie with Shero, not Bylsma. He built a very top heavy team with a fragile goalie. He’s traded away a number of picks the last few years which has hurt the depth on the bottom 2 lines. It’s time the GM starts getting his feet held to the fire, not the coach.