Dan Bylsma couldn't avoid speculation about his status as the Penguins coach in the days following Pittsburgh's four-game pratfall against Boston in the Eastern Conference Finals, even in his own house.
Shortly after the Bruins swept the Stanley Cup favorites out of the playoffs last week, Bylsma's son Bryan asked his dad if he still had a job.
''I would be lying to say that I was able to block all that stuff out,'' Bylsma said.
Now he won't have to.
The Penguins signed the second-winningest coach in franchise history to a two-year extension through 2016 on Wednesday, a very public vote of confidence after Pittsburgh's quest for a Stanley Cup to bookend the one it captured in 2009 ended with four straight miserable losses to the Bruins.
''I have a very good coach moving forward that I want to lead this team,'' general manager Ray Shero said. ''I want to reward him with an extension that shows him and shows people that he's my coach and I believe in him.''
It's a belief Shero s...