Originally posted on The Pensblog  |  Last updated 6/12/13
Look, it was sink or swim. The Pens were going to either fire Dan Bylsma,or extend him.  They extended him, and it makes unlimited sense. Stability Think back to the end of the Craig Patrick era. There was no system, coaches were in and out, and basically the Penguins were like a college kid who kept overdrafting their bank account. In the Eastern Conference Finals in 2001, the Pens got smoked in five games by the Devils. The feeling at the time was that the organization had no direction. And that feeling was right. The Penguins fell into 5 years of hell until Ray Shero transformed the organization into a powerhouse. It didn't hurt he had Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin, but it also didn't hurt he had a structure. The minor leagues play the same systems as the pros. There's one direction and one mind-set. Throw in some cash...boom. Over the past 6 season, the Pens haven't finished below 5th in the Conference. For four of those seasons, Dan Bylsma has led the ship. When you have a good infrastructure, everything else can be fixed. We hate comparing the Penguins and Steelers, but in a town where so many jerk off to the Steelers' stability, how is the Penguins locking up their coach a bad idea? If there is a reason to fire Bylsma and replace him with someone better, we have yet to see anyone come close to making a decent case. For example, look at this piece from LOLin Dunlap of The Fan. Premature, eh? Again, let me point out that after premature exits in the playoffs against Montreal, Tampa Bay, Philadelphia and now Boston, it is still my secure conviction that Wednesday’s press conference should have been one in which Shero should have been relaying to the masses the Penguins were looking for a new coach LOL. He is not a bad coach Bylsma is 201-92. That's a .671 winning percentage. You can't debate facts, jack. He manages Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin very well. If he didn',t he'd be gone. We asked Mike Colligan about head coaching, and he told us this about: "Head coaching is the attitude, the big picture decision, managing player personalities." Game. He'll learn from years of mistakes Dan Bylsma strikes us as a smart guy, a guy that hates to lose.The last two years have been embarrassing. Even the 3-1 blown series lead to the Lightning was rough. But we personally feel that Bylsma will rise. If he can identify the issues and learn, the Penguins are set up to become a team that can get to the Cup every year. How many teams can say that? Maybe three or four?  People will ***** and complain. But in the end, this is the best move to make for the Penguins at this point. There is no need for the nuking of the entire franchise.    
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Bears trade up one spot with 49ers for Mitch Trubisky

Cleveland Browns select Myles Garrett with No. 1 overall pick

Matt Carpenter’s walk-off grand slam was pretty rare

Report: Rajon Rondo ruled out for Game 6 against Celtics

NBA announces eight new awards to be voted on by fans

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Report: Sherman wants to be traded to Patriots

Report: Carmelo Anthony trying to save marriage with wife La La

Yoenis Cespedes exits game with left hamstring pull

Colts' David Parry pleads guilty, faces three years in prison

Report: Former Washington GM running scouting service, advising NFL teams

NFL to honor late Steelers owner Dan Rooney during draft

The 'NFL Draft Day is finally upon us' quiz

Most memorable 'NFL Draft weekend drama' stories

Everything you need for the 2017 NFL Draft

Stanley Cup Playoffs: Eastern rivalries take center stage

Marshawn Lynch gives an already-spurned city hometown appeal

Box Score 4/27: Waiting for Goodell to call our name

The 10 best sports docs available for streaming

The 'Bonehead blunder that watered down the 1931 AL home run crown' quiz

Draft prospects we're most excited to see in the NFL

Stanley Cup Playoffs: The West is full of surprises

Box Score 4/26: NFL Draft eve

The 'QB or not QB? That is the question' quiz

NHL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

The 'NFL Draft Day is finally upon us' quiz

Most memorable 'NFL Draft weekend drama' stories

Everything you need for the 2017 NFL Draft

Stanley Cup Playoffs: Eastern rivalries take center stage

Marshawn Lynch gives an already-spurned city hometown appeal

The 10 best sports docs available for streaming

The 'Bonehead blunder that watered down the 1931 AL home run crown' quiz

Draft prospects we're most excited to see in the NFL

Stanley Cup Playoffs: The West is full of surprises

How the Astros are following the Cubs' blueprint to the top

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker