It looked like the Pittsburgh Penguins were going to be the team to beat for the Stanley Cup in 2013. That plan went right out the window when the team was swept in the Eastern Conference Finals. You aren’t going to find a team laying an egg as big as Pittsburgh did to finish their shortened NHL season. There will be changes made because of it, and the first one should be firing coach Dan Bylsma.
I know he led the team to the best record in the Eastern Conference but with a team that had so much talent on it, they can’t be swept no matter what. A team with Sidney Crosby leading it should have enough to win at least one game of any series. That didn’t happen and the blame needs to fall on someone.
It usually falls on the coach, and I think it should yet again. Bylsma had to try to do something to fix the problems that the Penguins were having. The moves that he did make weren’t enough.
It has already been reported that the team is going to keep Bylsma around next season, but I think that is a very bad idea. If Pittsburgh can rebound next season and win the title, maybe keeping Bylsma will have been the right move. If it doesn’t and the team gets worse, people will be talking about what should have happened.
This is a great team in Pittsburgh and they can’t afford another playoff collapse next season. It is time to make a change now and see if it can take the team to the next level.