The Penguins Executive Vice President and General Manager Ray Shero announced on Wednesday, June 12th, 2013 that they have signed head coach Dan Bylsma to a two-year contract extension. This contract will take him through to the 2015-16 season. Bylsma still has one year remaining on his current contract as head coach.
In addition, assistant coaches Tony Granato and Todd Reirden were given contract extensions.
Penguins GM Ray Shero stated, “I believe in Dan Bylsma and I believe in stability with our coaching staff…Dan is one of the top coaches in the NHL. His record speaks for itself. We fell short of our goal this year, and we’re all disappointed in that, but I believe – and our ownership believes – that Dan is the man to lead us into the future.”
I have to say I agree with this move. I think Bylsma is a great coach and can lead this team to another Stanley Cup. One thing that really stands out for me is how Bylsma still holds the respect and confidence of the players. The players were quick to say they didn’t deliver in the Boston series and to support their coach, when they were questioned about his leadership and decisions.
The Penguins have had some amazing success under the coaching of Bylsma, but he has lead them through some difficult times. When most coaches would have failed with the major injuries plaguing the team, but he kept the team going.
Bylsma is a top NHL coach and his record with the Penguins speaks for itself. He will lead the Penguins to another Stanley Cup, it’s only a matter of time.