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Finally, it's official: Disco Dan Bylsma has been named the permanent coach of the Pittsburgh Penguins. And all it took was an 18-3-4 record in the regular season, plus a first-round playoff series win against Philadelphia.

Bylsma and Ray Shero ironed out contract details last night, and the team found out before practice today.

"Dan has done such an impressive job with our team, both on and off the ice, that we didn't see the need to wait any longer to announce our decision," said Penguins executive vice president and general manager Ray Shero. "He is the man we want to lead the Pittsburgh Penguins as our head coach."

Said Disco:

"I want to thank Ray Shero and our ownership for giving me this tremendous opportunity to be the head coach of the Pittsburgh Penguins," Bylsma said. "I'm humbled. I'm excited. And I look forward to continuing to lead our hockey team."

You wonder what took so long, but hey, better late than never. Congrats to Coach Bylsma, who can quickly add to his young legacy in the coming weeks. And nice work by Shero locking up the man who helped turn around this season in a remarkably short period of time. Let's hope Bylsma's success as coach can continue for years to come.

Bylsma Agrees To Multiyear Deal As Penguins Head Coach [WPXI]

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1 comment:

Steve said...

Me thinks it wasn't really a slam dunk and if they lost to the Flyers, the team would have looked at other coaches resumes in the off season as well.