http://triblive.com/sports/dejankovacev ... oster-team
Dejan Kovacevic goes on to showcase how the Penguins have assessed an excellent roster on paper.
Of Lemieux and Burkle, he said: Will they get blamed if this team falls short?
Of Shero: Will the NHL's best general manager get blamed if this team falls short?
But then... then he really contradicts himself - and that puts his column into a shame, and makes it a really bad one.
He says: So tell me now: Why would Bylsma? "He'll still be head coach if they're swept out without a solitary W, or whatever other fatalistic scenario anyone cares to envision."
Pardon me, but if you first prove that everyone else is doing their job, and that the coach has a great roster to work with - and if, in spite of that, it all fails...
If such a situation occurs, the responsibility should be on the head coach. This is no longer a country club with EJ at the helm. There has to be pressure and accountability.
It's the only way you get results in a tough competition.
Winning isn't guaranteed - and Bylsma's job security shouldn't be either. He has all the tools to achieve a victory now.. it may not come into fruition, but you can't really make excuses in advance and ask for forgiveness before the playoffs have even started. That's just a really bad insight from Kovacevic.
Hopefully such scenario doesn't arrive at all and it's a moot point.