farnham16 wrote:DontToewsMeBro wrote:Yes, please fire an extremely young inexperienced coach who has won the Stanley Cup and Jack Adams in the last 3 years. Some of you are downright moronic sometimes. Be careful what you wish for.
First off, I think we will be okay and win this series. But what are your expectations? Just getting to the playoffs? With this lineup? Pens haven't done anything in the playoffs since they won the Cup. And yes, no Sid or Geno last year but they still were up 3-1 in that series and had two home games to finish Tampa off and didn't. With this team healthy and the incredible talent it has, losing in the first round is completely unacceptable. You only have so many chances and teams that are capable of winning the Cup.
Yes, Bylsma has a lot of good qualities and has had great regular season success. But he hasn't gotten it done in the postseason lately and that is all that matters. If he can't get this team past the first round this yea that would be 3 disappointing postseason losses in a row and he shouldn't be the guy going forward.
My expectations are high, but tempered. One team out of 16 wins the Stanley Cup every year. One. Don't buy into the "favored" status because even the favorite rarely wins. It takes a lot of skill, but a lot of luck also. I can say Bylsma has put the team in a position to succeed, and they need to execute. When the Penguins stay discipline, they can beat anybody. I agree with the Bylsma criticisms tonight. Them playing timid and keeping a forward back after the first did them in, I agree. Our powerplay has troubles. But our coach is the most inexperienced part of our team; we have to be ready to go through growing pains with him at times. This isn't Scotty who never came across a situation he had never been in before. I think he's at least earned our respect and patience. We don't need to turn into the Dallas Cowboys of the NHL. The lack of job security at the head coach position in professional sports is appalling and playing Go Fish with them very rarely breeds success.