Pittsburgh Penguins coach Dan Bylsma has agreed to a two-year contract extension, general manager Ray Shero said at a postseason news conference today at Consol Energy Center.
"I believe in Dan Bylsma," Shero said.
Shero also strongly supported goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury, who was supplanted by backup Tomas Vokoun during the playoffs.
Bylsma discusses contract extension
Penguins head coach Dan Bylsma discusses his two-year contract extension. (Video by Matt Freed; 6/12/2013)
Ray Shero announces Bylsma extension, defends Fleury
Penguins General Manager Ray Shero announced a two-year contract extension of head coach Dan Bylsma. (Video by Matt Freed; 6/12/2013)
"The faith I have in Marc-Andre Fleury hasn't waned," Shero said.
Bylsma's contract now runs through the 2015-16 season. His assistants, Tony Granato and Todd Reirden, also have been extended, Shero said. Goaltending coach Gilles Meloche, however, has stepped down and will take a scouting role with the club.
Speculation about Bylsma's job status began to swirl after the Penguins were swept last week by the Boston Bruins in the Eastern Conference final.
Bylsma, 42, took over as Penguins coach in February 2009 when Michel Therrien was fired, with the club in danger of not making the playoffs. He led the team on an 18-3-4 tear for the balance of that regular season and to the Stanley Cup championship.
In the ensuing three springs, the Penguins made the playoffs each time but won just one series. This year, with a team that was considered stacked and a Stanley Cup favorite, the Penguins beat the New York Islanders in the first round and the Ottawa Senators in the second round before falling to Boston, which now is in the Cup final against Chicago.
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Shelly Anderson: firstname.lastname@example.org Twitter: @pgshelly First Published June 12, 2013 3:15 PM