I think I am officially jumping on the FIRE DAN BYLSMA train after last night.
-It's one thing to go on a losing streak or lose 3 out of 5 by being outplayed or having bounces go the other way, but this team didn't look like it showed up against Florida (at least until mid-way through the game when it was too late) or Carolina. Even in a few of their wins, they jump out to a 2-3 goal lead and seem like they just stop. Sure, it falls on the players too, but it's up to Bylsma to get them to buy in, show up and play hard. If they aren't put guys in the press box for a game so they get the picture.
-I'm still puzzled by the continual benching of Simon Despres. The ONLY thing I can think of is that Bortuzzo is actually being shopped and they need to get him in some games. I've heard Despres named tossed around that he "can be had" for the right price. Hard for anyone to want a guy you continually bench. Doesn't seem warranted either. He's a rookie, supposed to be one of your top D-men in the system. They need to let him play, make his mistakes, and learn from them, and move on. Bylsma seems to have him on a very short leash.
-Too many teams have figured out how to beat the Pens system, and Bylsma is horrible at adjusting, if he bothers to adjust at all. It's becoming more common, especially on some of the nationally televised games, that Bylsma often gets out-coached, doesn't make adjustments, fails to get the right match-ups on home ice, etc.
-I've said for the last few games our 4th line has to go out and grind, cycle, and hit to wear teams down. Early in the game, I saw Vitale and Adams getting pushed around and knocked off the puck. Vitale is 5'11", Adams 6', Glass 6'1". They need much bigger grinders to be effective. Tanner Glass has been a huge bust so far.
Unfortunately, I don't think there is any way DB gets fired this season. This "system" is taught at the NHL and AHL level, the personnel the Pens have are supposed to be for this system. Too big of a change to make mid-season, not to mention, the Pens are still near the top of the standings. I think if the Pens fail to make it to Eastern Conference Finals, Bylsma has to go.