farnham16 wrote:Henry Hank wrote:I think it would be something for them to consider. There really are no excuses this year. Yes, Philly is a tough first round match-up but the Pens should be the better team. The Pens have been spending to the cap and I'm guessing they budget expecting to have some long playoff runs to bring in that playoff revenue. Losing in the first round can't be accepted. I don't know if they actually fire him but I will say that this is the last free pass he'd get for a quick playoff exit. I have faith that they're going to keep most, if not all, of the core together but just saying, Sid's currently scheduled to be a UFA after next season. Who knows how much longer they're going to enjoy these great rosters. Which makes it all the more frustrating when they underachieve.
This is why these early exits can't be accepted. We have no idea if we will ever have as talented as a team again in the future or that we can be so heathly. And Sid, Geno, and Staal are all getting older. Will we have more chances in the future? Most likely, but you can't count on it. And honestly Therrien had just as much to do with the Pens winning the Cup as Bylsma. There are zero excues for another early playoff exit. If he can't get it done with this group he shouldn't be the guy next year.
Bylsma will be out if the Pens lose this series. I still think they will win it, but tonight was a golden opportunity wasted. Now they have to win 4 out of 6, which they can certainly do, but Friday is basically a must-win now. As for the "D" I think Martin or Z or both will be gone during the summer. The rest of the team is fine. They should clear a spot for one of the young guys on D and bring in another guy.
The forwards are great as they are.