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No decision by Penguins on coach Bylsma's future yet

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Sunday, June 9, 2013, 5:51 p.m.
 

General manager Ray Shero and Penguins ownership had not reached a decision on the future of coach Dan Bylsma or his staff as of Sunday.

Bylsma, who holds the franchise benchmarks for regular-season winning percentage and playoff victories, has one year remaining on his contract.

The favored Penguins were swept from the Eastern Conference final by the Boston Bruins on Friday.

Bylsma said Sunday he has not spoken with Shero about his job status.

Shero is scheduled to hold his annual season-in-review media session Wednesday. He did not speak Sunday because of a personal commitment in Canada.

Penguins players underwent end-of-season physicals and meetings with coaches Sunday at Consol Energy Center.

Some players — defenseman Kris Letang, for example — backed retaining Bylsma and assistants Tony Granato and Todd Reirden.

All players, including captain Sidney Crosby, said they had no knowledge of Shero's plans for Bylsma or members of his staff.

Shero praised Bylsma and the other coaches after a first-round victory over the New York Islanders.

The final decision to keep Bylsma, who led the Penguins to the Cup in 2009, will be Shero's, a representative of ownership told the Tribune-Review on Thursday.However, Shero is in consultation with majority co-owners Mario Lemieux and Ron Burkle and CEO David Morehouse.

The Penguins have spent to the NHL's salary cap since 2008. However, they have won only three playoff rounds since their Cup victory four years ago.

Rob Rossi is a staff writer for Trib Total Media Reach him at rrossi@tribweb.com or via Twitter @RobRossi_Trib.

 

 

 
 


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