Being a Pens fan I did not agree with the coaching change when it happen. I was opposed because I felt as though the players were playing to have the coach fired because they didn't like him. With all of that said, that may be what happened but I would like to think there was more then the average fan was aware of. Bylsma has been incredible to say the least and the team responds to him.
There are three things that really turned this team in the right direction, the first was getting # 55 back in the line-up. He has been HUGE since his return. He is everything Ryan Whitney wasn't. The second had to be the coaching change that immediately added a jump to the players. Then there are the moves made by Shero, Whitney for Kunitz and a prospect looks like a steal early on and Kunitz has instantly added the grit the team was lacking. Next he got Guerin without a major mortage of the future (at the most a third round pick), and Adams for nothing off of the waiver wire. Those three players add Stanley Cup experience, hitting, a scoring touch to the team.
Am I ready to crown the Pens Stanley Cup Champions right now? No, but they are fun to watch and will be an opponent that no team wants to play in the first round. They have a hated rivalry with Washington and Philly and if they meet either it would be an entertaining series indeed. If Staal and Fleury keep playing good hockey the Pens will be a tough out...