Report: Mario Lemieux may order Dan Bylsma's dismissal in Pittsburgh

By Brian Stubits |

Mario Lemieux could call for Dan Bylsma's dismissal in Pittsburgh. (USATSI)
Mario Lemieux could pull the plug on Dan Bylsma's time with the Pens. (USATSI)

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The Pittsburgh Penguins were swept in the Eastern Conference finals by the Boston Bruins, the fourth straight season they failed to reach their lofty goal of making the Stanley Cup Final.

That has some asking about coach Dan Bylsma's job security. Should he, despite all of this team's regular-season success and the Stanley Cup on his resume from four years ago, be shown the door? It seems a bit silly to me but it could very well happen, especially if Mario Lemieux wants it to happen.

Which could very well be the case, according to Larry Brooks of the New York Post.

Several individuals within the industry have told Slap Shots Penguins chairman Mario Lemieux, distressed by his team's fourth straight failure to get out of the Eastern Conference after consecutive trips to the Finals in 2008 and 2009, the latter culminating with a Stanley Cup victory, may instruct Shero to dismiss the coach.

There already is chatter out of Pittsburgh about how the Penguins failed to "adapt" or "adjust" to the Bruins in the Eastern finals sweep -- during which they never held the lead, were limited to two goals overall and were shut out on the power play. All those areas generally are the purview of the coaching staff.

To me it seems a bit rash to fire Bylsma, but something is going to change because with their expectations, the past seasons have been disappointments. We all know it's easier to fire the coach than the team, and if that's what Lemieux wants, it likely won't matter what GM Ray Shero would have to say.

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