Penguins give Bylsma two-year extension

Penguins give Bylsma two-year extension
June 12, 2013, 11:15 am
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Pittsburgh Penguins coach Dan Bylsma is off the hot seat.

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Pittsburgh Penguins coach Dan Bylsma is off the hot seat. At least, for now.

Penguins general manager Ray Shero announced on Wednesday that Bylsma and his staff have received two-year extensions. Despite cruising through the regular season with the Eastern Conference's best record, the Penguins were swept by the Boston Bruins in the Eastern Conference Finals. Despite Pittsburgh's shortcomings, Shero is prepared to move forward with the current group of players and coaches.

"I believe this is a group of coaches and players, foundation in place, to move forward and (compete for Stanley Cup)," Shero said in a press conference on Wednesday.

 

In four games, the Penguins' high-powered offense mustered only two goals, and Bruins coach Claude Julien out-coached Bylsma in getting the matchups he wanted. Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, Kris Letang and Jarome Iginla were all held without a point in the series. 

"I couldn't imagine our team being shutdown offensively the way it was," Shero said. "Credit to the Bruins and their goaltender. With higher expectations comes bigger disappointment."

Shero did concede that the roster will undergo some changes next season due to salary cap restrictions, but he also wants to see improvement from the players already on the roster.

"The players are part of the responsibility moving this team forward to get where we all want to go, win a Cup," Shero said. "They need to get better."