bhaw wrote:On topic... I don't mind any of the contracts by themselves. I just look at the team as a whole and it's almost exactly like last year and the year before. Good for stability, but with the same coach and same players, what's going to change the outcome of their season? Since the Cup, the Pens have been the Washington Capitals of the last half dozen years (except last year's Caps). In the regular season, the Pens go on huge stretches of wins and phenomenal play. Then as soon as they hit a legit opponent in the playoffs, they become the world's easiest Rubrics Cube to solve.
If the intention was to keep Disco around, I would have hoped they made some kind of personnel change. If Shero and company don't believe that the coach is the issue (by way of extending him) then it has to be the players no executing his system that is causing the laughable playoff performances is MTL, PHI, and BOS (since we have to ignore TB). Obviously you're not trading Sid or Malkin, so I would have figured some kind of change was due elsewhere. As of now, that's not the case, so I'm confused: either they think that the complete team breakdowns (2 historical in nature) are purely coincidence/bad luck or they are content with the last 4 seasons.
I believe you are right but would like to add something.
This seems to be common thinking..."Bylsma is very well liked among the players."
It's a lot easier to re-sign Malkin, Letang, Dupuis etc., if the coach not only isn't fired but is given an extension. Showing those players how the organization is standing behind one of the family, so to speak, regardless of another embarrassing playoff exit.
Some may think this is silly talk but I believe the Bylsma extension was more to get other players re-signed than anything else.
Personally unless the planets align just proper like, as they did in 2009, i don't see Bylsma winning another cup. He does not LEAD this team whatsoever. He does not COACH this team outside of just bearing the title.
There will be Bylsma apologists freaking out about that but I say again for the millionth time, since the Cup, has Bylsma put the Penguins in the best possible chances and situations to succeed in the playoffs?