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Dan Bylsma gets two-year contract extension from Penguins

By Adam Gretz | Hockey writer

Dan Bylsma received a two-year contract extension in Pittsburgh. (USATSI)
Dan Bylsma received a two-year contract extension in Pittsburgh. (USATSI)

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So much for all of that talk about Dan Bylsma being on the hot seat.

General manager Ray Shero announced Wednesday that the team has agreed to a two-year contract extension with Bylsma that will keep him in Pittsburgh through the 2015-16 season.

Assistant coaches Tony Granato and Todd Reirden also will return, while goalie coach Gilles Meloche is stepping down.

Bylsma was entering the final year of his contract and following the Penguins' disappointing exit in the Eastern Conference finals when they were swept by the Boston Bruins, which came after back-to-back first-round exits. There was a lot of talk that he could be replaced. There was even a report owner Mario Lemieux could step in and force a change.

In the end, none of that happened.

It's understandable to point the finger at the coach when things go wrong as they did against Boston, and both Bylsma and Shero have a lot of questions to answer for the way things ended in the playoffs, but Bylsma has put together quite a track record for himself in Pittsburgh, including a Stanley Cup title when he took over the team back in 2009.

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