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Penguins give coach Dan Bylsma 2-year extension

06.12.13 at 12:44 pm ET
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Dan Bylsma

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Following the top-seeded Penguins’ disappointing sweep at the hands of the Bruins in the Eastern Conference finals, there was widespread speculation that coach Dan Bylsma would pay the ultimate price.

The Pens ended that discussion Wednesday when they announced that Bylsma was given a two-year contract extension that will keep him in Pittsburgh through 2016.

“I believe in Dan Bylsma and I believe in stability with our coaching staff,” general manager Ray Shero said. “Dan is one of the top coaches in the NHL. His record speaks for itself. We fell short of our goal this year, and we’re all disappointed in that, but I believe – and our ownership believes – that Dan is the man to lead us into the future.”

Assistant coaches Tony Granato and Todd Reirden also are being retained, while goalie coach Gilles Meloche is moving into an advisory role with the team.

Bylsma, 42, has a 201-92-25 record in four-plus seasons leading the Penguins, including a 36-12-0 record in this abbreviated season. He is the fastest coach in NHL history to 200 wins, and he is already has more playoff victories than any coach in franchise history with 36. He led Pittsburgh to the 2009 Stanley Cup title and won the Jack Adams Award as the NHL’s most outstanding coach in 2011.

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