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Posted on: March 22, 2011 3:30 am
 

Morning Skate: Bylsma deserves Jack Adams votes



Pittsburgh Penguins coach Dan Bylsma may have wrapped up the Jack Adams Award on Monday. 

There are plenty of deserving candidates for the NHL’s version of coach of the year. Alain Vigneault’s Vancouver Canucks were the first team to clinch a playoff berth and are likely to lay claim to the franchise’s first Presidents’ Trophy.  Jacques Lemaire was plucked out of retirement and led the New Jersey Devils from the basement to a chance at the postseason in few short months. Peter Laviolette has had the Philadelphia Flyers in first place in the East for most of the season. 

Still, Bylsma’s coaching effort can’t be overlooked. He’s lost Evegni Malkin for the season to a knee injury and his superstar center, Sidney Crosby, hasn’t played since the first week of January due to a concussion and his return this season remains a question mark. He’s also seen cogs like forwards Jordan Staal and Chris Kunitz along with defenseman Brooks Orpik miss time. 

The Pens entered play Monday night with 296 man games lost due to injury --- and that’s not counting the suspensions. The most recent was handed down before Monday’s game against the Detroit Red Wings as the league slapped forward Matt Cooke with a ban that extends through the rest of the regular season (10 games) and the first round of the playoffs.

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Then the Penguins went on to beat the Red Wings, 5-4, in a shootout. While it’ll be a stretch for the Pens to overtake the Flyers in the Atlantic Division, the chance they could remain in fourth and host a first-round series is a feat all things considered. 

Bylsma shrugged off all the "woe is me" talk when he spoke to The Grand Rapids Press’ Michael Zuidema on Monday

“From within our room, we don’t feel like we’ve dealt with as much adversity as people outside our room think that we’ve dealt with,” he said. “We understand that there are injuries and I don’t think it’s a lot different than other teams. We’ve continued to focus on how we play and our execution level.”


GM Ray Shero and the Pens scouting staff deserves a nod brining in some help before the trading deadline. Forward James Neal and defenseman Matt Niskanen were acquired from the Dallas Stars for defenseman Alex Goligoski. Forward Alexei Kovalev was also brought back to Pittsburgh in exchange for a conditional draft pick with the Ottawa Senators

Bylsma, the easygoing former NHL player from Grand Haven, Mich., has made the pieces fit and that was recognized earlier this month with a three-year contract extension. Maybe he’ll get that Jack Adams Trophy -- an award voted on by the NHL Broadcasters Association -- to go next to the mementos from his 2009 Stanley Cup title run. 

MONDAY'S RESULTS
Pittsburgh 5, Detroit 4 (SO)
Los Angeles 2, Calgary 1 (SO)
-- A.J. Perez
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Pens extend Dan Bylsma three more seasons



Pittsburgh Penguins coach Dan Bylsma agreed to a three-year contract extension that will run through the 2013-14 season, the team announced Wednesday. 

Understandably, the highlight of his 25-month tenure behind the Pens’ bench is leading the team to the 2009 Stanley Cup title, a run that began not long after Bylsma took over for Michel Therrien. But it could be this season’s tutelage that Bylsma might deserve even more credit as he’s kept the Pens in the hunt for the Eastern Conference crown despite a rash of injuries. 

The team has been without star center Sidney Crosby (concussion) for nearly two months and it lost forward Evgeni Malkin to season-ending knee injury on Feb 4. The team also had to start the first two months of the season minus forward Jordan Staal, who was sidelined by foot and hand injuries. 

“Dan has very quickly established himself as one of the best coaches in the National Hockey League,” GM Ray Shero said in a news release. “He has been a perfect fit for our organization since day one, and we look forward to having him leading our team for the next three seasons.

Bylsma, 40, has accumulated a 104-52-19 record in Pittsburgh and he has the highest winning percentage (.649) in franchise history. 

Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. 
 
 
 
 
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