Dan Bylsma and the rest of the Pittsburgh Penguins Organization are preparing for this upcoming draft and the season. There has been no denying the fact that this Penguins team has faltered in a big way the last 3 seasons in the playoffs. So, as we look around and check all of the rumors for trades and such, one has to wonder how much say Dan is really going to have in the process. Because, let’s be honest, How much Rope does he really have left?
Don’t get me wrong, I do not think a firing will happen because I think this team will rebound. That said, you have to consider the fact that his teams have failed miserably the past 3 post seasons.
We all know, coaches in the NHL are replaced as much as some people change underwear so one has to assume that Coach Bylsma can not fail again this season whether it is his fault or not. In his defense, you could honestly blame his lack of playoff success is due in part to injuries, bad defensive play, and poor goalie play in the post season.
The offensive and defensive system that the Organization plays, mirrors itself at all levels. That system was implemented in part by Dan Bylsma and if the system is failing at any level, then we could think that something has to change or even “someone”. Could that someone be the Coach next season?
The GM Ray Shero has given his head coach a vote of confidence but that confidence would have had to be shaken from that poor performance in Philly and the total lack of discipline and class. Those are all clear reflections of the coach, which is another reason I think that the Rope is growing shorter.
The results have been there each and every regular season as they consistently preform well regardless of injuries. For his sake, let’s hope that trend continues so that he get’s another chance next year in the Stanley Cup Playoffs to prove himself.