Well, this will make one section of the fan base happy and another section really upset….
The Pittsburgh Penguins have given head coach Dan Bylsma a two-year contract extension through the 2015-16 season, it was announced today by Executive Vice President and General Manager Ray Shero. Bylsma had one year remaining on his current deal.
Penguins head coach Dan Bylsma The Penguins also extended the contracts of assistant coaches Tony Granato and Todd Reirden.
This idea was floated around a couple of days ago. At least the extension puts an end to the issue for now and prevents the coaching situation from being a distraction in the immediate future.
Like it or not, the current Pens' organization is built around certain people, certain philosophies, certain strategies and certain ideas. Dan Bylsma is a big part of that system. Getting rid of him as coach would have meant changing a major part of the Penguins' organization and possibly heading in a very different direction. Despite what happened in the playoffs, it doesn't look like the Pens are too keen on heading in a completely different direction right now.
If the team is going to keep him on as coach, it was a good idea to give him the extension so the issue isn't hanging over everyone's head for the next year. Of course, as Michel Therrien knows, a team can still fire a coach who is under contract if the situation gets bad enough…