llipgh2 wrote: llipgh2 wrote: meecrofilm wrote:
jeffshly wrote:Who in the hell just asked Dan Bylsma, "What have you done to justify this extension?"
He also asked Shero about the lack of adjustments made throughout the Boston series.
I thought it was Jory Rand. That's who Colin Dunlop said asked it.
EDIT: Wait, he said Rand asked something pointed of Shero. NM.
Double EDIT: If it was Dejan, I am glad he did ask it. I'm glad SOMEONE asked it.
I don't have a problem with tough questions, but prefacing your question by saying "This is a straightforward question," then asking this question really makes me question Dejan's (if this is who it was) credibility and objectivity as a journalist.
Bylsma's record - all facets of it, good and bad - is out there and common knowledge for anyone to see. Regular season winning percentage, focuses on failures bringing improved results in certain areas, it's all there. Dejan, or whoever it was, really sounded like a sour grapes writer who was upset that Bylsma got the extension and not on objective journalist. I think this question could've been asked a thousand different ways that were more respectful and professional.
To whomever asked the question on this forum about Bylsma's reply: he took a pause, probably to keep from responding with "Are you f'n kidding me?" and said (I'm paraphrasing here) that he wasn't prepared to run down a list of accomplishments or high notes of his tenure as Penguins coach. The fact of the matter is that there were a few guys with a whole lot more hockey smarts than Dejan Kovacevic who each decided unilaterally that keeping Bylsma was the way to go, then met about it and were in 100% agreement.
Last year, the PK against PHI was horrible. HCDB made changes in the system to really turn the PK around. It took a while for everyone to completely get it, but the PK in the playoffs was outstanding. Bylsma generated results there.
Going into next year, I can see there being quite a few focuses for this coaching staff. How will they bring along young, NHL-ready talent like Despres, Bennett, and Bortuzzo such that they're prepared for the playoffs next year? How will they work with Fleury to get him to a point where his psyche doesn't fall apart in the playoffs (as an aside, I'm very interested in who the next goalie coach is going to be and I have to think the ability to get Flower's head straightened out for the long haul is going to be a key factor in this hire)? What will this staff implement into their system to address team defenses similar to what Boston brought, knowing that surely, other teams will try to mimic Boston's style?
I think many would agree that adjusting on the fly as situations dictate is not one of HCDB's strong suits. He takes a very cerebral, analytical approach to coaching. However, I also think that his system is a tight one, albeit with some holes to fill. He's proven to be very good at filling those holes, though I think we'd all like to see his ability to fill those holes in a much more timely fashion. Like it or not, Dan Bylsma is the coach of your Pittsburgh Penguins for the next three years. I have faith in Ray Shero and Mario Lemieux that they're not making this decision because Bylsma's a nice guy. They certainly know more about hockey, this team, and what Dan Bylsma does/can do/will do than I know. And more than every person on this board knows. Complaining about it isn't going to accomplish anything now!