Penguins coach Dan Bylsma gets in practice
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No word on whether Bylsma called shotgun, but he certainly was enthused about getting on the ice with a hockey team during the NHL lockout.
"I've been stagnant a little bit, so to come down and be around hockey, be around the coaches here, the players here is something I wanted to do," Bylsma said after what stretched to a 21/2-hour practice in which he, Reirden and Guerin helped with drills and offered a lot of one-on-one instruction.
"I'm not very good at not working," Bylsma, a high-energy sort, said. "The summertime is too long. You want to get back then. Without work, you get antsy."
With no practices or games -- or even contact -- with the Penguins on the NHL roster, Bylsma and others in management have done what they can to be prepared for a shortened season should there be a deal struck between the league and the NHL Players' Association.
They have gone over some things more than once. They have looked every which way at how a training camp might play out.
"The past told us that it might be maybe 11 days from the time a deal was done until the first game," Bylsma said.
"In the past, there were four days of getting people back to a city, then six days of practice. We've done [plans for] a seven-day camp, we've done a six-day camp, we've done a five-day camp. We did that awhile ago. We've done one that comes back Friday through Friday, one that comes back Monday through Friday -- different days depending on the ice [availability], the American Hockey League [schedule], lots of different things."
First Published November 28, 2012 12:00 am