Hope everyone is doing well.....
...I haven't been around much lately...combination of finishing 2 jobs/starting a new job with better hours/getting some things in order/general playoff hockey stress...
I just came to talk a little bit from what I saw tonight. Forget blaming specific players, things of the past...there was a good what? 6 days before this series? I'm just sitting here, watched that game...just no sense of structure, no idea what to do. Really just a huge embarrassment in my opinion. How can you sit there as a coach with the talent on this team and not think you have nothing to do with this failure.
I don't have a problem losing to the Bruins in a series, they have a lot of talent, strong team/core. But the way this team loses in the playoffs its just so...pathetic is the only thing that I can think of. Blame the players, sure, not going to disagree with what people are saying about anything. However, in every sport...the coach goes first.
Dan Bylsma walked into a great situation. I thank him for the 2009 cup. Just a complete lack of everything/anything you need from a coach. I'll be so shocked if he's back next year. I just don't know how Shero and Lemieux sit up there, watch Boston with tape-to-tape passes, good defensive zone coverage, playing as a "5-man-unit", great goaltender/crease support...and then just look at the Penguins. This team, just goes out and skates around. For an EASTERN CONFERENCE FINALS game, that was the most pathetic thing I've ever seen. I can handle losing straight up...but the Philly series, Montreal series with lack of defense, I don't understand how Bylsma can even stand around thinking he isn't responsible for this junk.
There's a lot of blame that needs to go around to the players. However you can link most of their bad play back to coaching and the lack of coaching/a proper system. I watched a lot of Chicago/Detroit, and the puck possession is just insane. They always know what to do with the puck We don't. Stretch n Dump. 10 shots total in 2 periods? With these 3 lines? Once Beau got some playing time, he should have been a permanent player. Despres should have started/finished the year. He needs "rookie" time to develop. But its okay...more Tanner Glass and Engelland out there. Just bad decisions Bylsma.
Poor Marc-Andre. 10 years with the organization. My favorite penguin for a long time. Great guy. Maybe something with the first child has messed him up even more. Just completely shocked with his collapse. I honestly feel really terrible for him. Penguins will have to address it in the off season. Mentally unstable.
It's been a great year, a lot of fun. I look forward to running the Your the GM thread. Please don't kid yourselves. You don't look that bad in a playoff game, go down 0-2, at home, and even come close to winning. It was a great season. We have a great team going forward. Some good young talent next year. I'm excited for a new coach to come in here and implement some new system changes.
Thanks Dan for 2009, I think with more experience you can be better. Maybe even an Olympic assistant coach in Sochi.
I'm out see you guys in 2 weeks or so.