Dan Bylsma should coach the Penguins next season.
To start it, anyway.
Nothing that happens the rest of these Stanley Cup playoffs should change that.
Bylsma is a very good coach. He has won the Cup. He has won a Jack Adams Award. He has won 200 games faster than anybody in NHL history.
He has won 36 playoff games, too.
Those wins are the hardest to come by, and they should not be discounted.
GM Ray Shero should think long and hard before bowing to any pressure – internally or externally – to find a new bench boss.
No coach can overcome his best players not performing in the biggest moments.
That happened to Bylsma in Round 2 against Montreal in 2011 and it is happening now in Round 3 against Boston. Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, Kris Letang – those guys have to step up in those spots, and they did and have not.
Bylsma is not a perfect coach. He is a young coach, one that made adjustments from last postseason.
That penalty kill that was dreadful against Philadelphia in Round 1 last season is now a strength.
That goalie problem last postseason – hey, Bylsma replaced franchise guy Marc-Andre Fleury before a lot of colleagues would have, after two bad games in Round 1.
He can’t score for Crosby, Malkin and Letang.
And the idea that they aren’t scoring because of the attack plan is off-base.
They aren’t playing well. Period.
Stars not playing well will get any coach fired.
Shero shouldn’t fire Bylsma though.
This offseason will see significant changes for the Penguins, who are coming up on some tough decisions about personnel.
There is a lot to do in a short window of time.
Leading a coaching search is not necessary for Shero.
Reconfiguring his squad to become younger, faster, etc. , is necessary.
Get players like that and Bylsma will be the ideal coach for next season.
Or Shero can make the wrong move and let go of Bylsma.
He would regret it.
Think of what Bylsma brought to the Penguins four years ago.
What could he do with, say, the New York Rangers?
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Rob Rossi covers the Penguins and NHL for Trib Total Media and the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. He is ClearChannel’s Penguins Insider. Follow him on Twitter: @RobRossi_Trib.