Crosby the "coach killer"? Crosby is a coach maker. Bylsma has an incredibly good regular season record, due in large part to the quality of the team he inherited, led by the league's MVP. There's no coach in their right mind that would look at the Pens organization, the top end talent, and the recent success and not want to be the guy to get them their next cup. This is crazy.
Bylsma has to go, because he can't produce a team with a playoff identity. The Pens, since Talbot fought Carcillo, have been a team that is trying to "look" tough and seem though without actually being tough. There's no one in there who'll go take one for the team, not for real. Engelland is the closest and he's not even on the ice. Crosby gets abused and then spends most of his time trying to show he's the tough one and he won't take it.
Neal was the worst player on the ice for most of the playoffs. Did nothing offensively without Geno next to him. Stupid penalties over and over. There's something wrong with the team, but it's got more to do with the mental/emotional makeup than the actual roster, and most, if not all, of that has to fall on DB.
It's hard to say that the team didn't quit on him. That's just how they looked on the ice. Flower stood on his head most of the playoffs but the only other guys who looked like they cared were Malkin, Jokinen, Gibbons, and Stempniak at times. Everyone else was either slow, tired, or disinterested. Martin and Niskanen get a pass because they were so strong in the first round. Maata had too many mental errors. Goc, Adams, Glass, etc... were non factors. Kunitz and Crosby were alright. Letang got it going and looked much better but the results just weren't there. I don't know. It's all just so frustrating.
Was never really mad at Bylsma before because the team was winning and everyone seemed cohesive. That's gone. Blow it up.
bhaw wrote:If you're soft for 5 years then suddenly start criticizing people, it comes off wrong. If any of this is true, I'm sure it very much came off as desperation to save his own job and pass blame onto the players. If you have managed people at any point, there's nothing conflicting here. It would be the same if Therrien suddenly tried to come off as understanding and reserved. Players wouldn't buy it and see it as desperation.
slappy is right though... DB's inability to construct a game plan and make proper personnel choices is enough to get rid of him.
I think it's along these lines. Bylsma probably over corrected and ended up sending mixed messages. His handling of young players (and favoring over the age of 30 AHL guys) and Shero's mangled drafts are the most damning thing. Bylsma's strategiy was a weakness but they still should have won this series. And it gives NO excuse for the 2012 Flyers debacle. Many longtime fans have the bad taste of that still in their mouths.
If these comments are true, then Crosby is a weak captain. It makes it look like he didn't try this post season, which 100% would have cost his team a trip to the conference finals, maybe beyond.
If these comments are true, Crosby will be labeled as a coach killer, and it may impact the quality of coach (and players) that will want to come here.