Blog Posts - Dan Bylsma



WE DID IT! PENGUINS WIN THE CUP!

I can write this now without fear of jinxing our guys. Throughout the Stanley Cup playoffs and, especially, during the Finals, I’ve felt an odd sense of calm. As if our Penguins were somehow predestined or preordained to win the Cup. A notion reinf...
by PenguinPoop on Jun 13, 2016

Penguins Stanley Cup Update: A Familiar Ring

The history of the Pittsburgh Penguins is filled with anomalies and precursors. Consider, for example, the strange case involving three of the team’s brightest stars—Michel Briere, Mario Lemieux, and Sidney Crosby. If you add the uniform numbers...
by PenguinPoop on Jun 4, 2016

Penguins a Special Bunch

It was a milestone game of sorts for our Pittsburgh Penguins. Skating before a raucous sellout crowd at the Verizon Center, the Pens withstood a furious rally by the home-standing Capitals to pocket their eighth-straight win, courtesy of a stunning b...
by PenguinPoop on Apr 8, 2016

Penguins Update: I Was Wrrrr…

For those of us ancient enough to remember the TV show Happy Days, it was a classic episode. The one where Fonzie tried to admit he was wrong to Ralph Malph, but couldn’t get the words out. “I was wrrrr...,” stammered the Fonz. Well, the same...
by PenguinPoop on Feb 9, 2016

Penguins Johnston Shows Character

Few jobs in professional sports come with more pressure—and less security—than coaching in the National Hockey League. Indeed, the average tenure of an NHL head coach is 2.4 years, according to a 2014 study published by Peter Tanner on FiveThirty...
by PenguinPoop on Nov 9, 2015

Penguins Update: Flower in Full Bloom

From the moment he first skated onto an NHL rink as a callow 19-year-old, Marc-Andre Fleury flashed the extraordinary flexibility and cat-like reflexes that had pro scouts drooling. Attributes that encouraged then-Penguins GM Craig Patrick—seeking...
by PenguinPoop on Nov 7, 2015

Penguins Update: Decline of a Champion

To everything there is a season. While it may seem odd to open a blog post with a Bible verse (Ecclesiastes 3:1), it is appropriate. Everything in our world runs in cycles. The four seasons, for example. Winter, spring, summer, and fall. A time to p...
by PenguinPoop on Oct 24, 2015

Mike Johnston’s Time In Pittsburgh Nearing An End

When you’re hired as an head coach of a National Hockey League franchise big things are expected of you. It… Read more Mike Johnston’s Time In Pittsburgh Nearing An End...
by CJSportsrambler on Oct 20, 2015

Penguins Swap Sutter for Bonino and Clendening, Sign Fehr

I'll say this for Penguins GM Jim Rutherford. He ain't afraid to roll the dice. Displaying the brass of a riverboat gambler, JR wrested center Nick Bonino and defenseman Adam Clendening from Vancouver for third-line center Brandon Sutter. The black...
by PenguinPoop on Jul 28, 2015

Penguins Update: Rutherford Pulls Two Shockers

Just when you thought it was safe to toss your old Ben Lovejoy jersey, GM Jim Rutherford pulled off two buzzer-beaters at the trade deadline. Seeking to improve the Penguins’ defense for the postseason, JR swapped rugged Robert Bortuzzo and a 7t...
by PenguinPoop on Mar 3, 2015

Penguins Update: Is Sid Still Super?

Sidney Crosby’s on-ice achievements are truly awe-inspiring. Two Art Ross Trophies, two Hart Trophies, three Ted Lindsey/Lester Pearson Awards, and a Stanley Cup. Enough lesser trophies, all-star selections and awards to fill a small museum. Along...
by PenguinPoop on Feb 2, 2015

Penguins Impress with Hustle, Heart, and Desire

Watching Blake Comeau circumnavigate the Colorado Avalanche not once but twice before scoring the winning goal in overtime on Thursday night was the perfect ending to a near-perfect 60 minutes of hockey. The Penguins fired off a season-high 48 shots...
by PenguinPoop on Dec 20, 2014

Penguins Report Card

Few teams endured more upheaval over the summer than the Pittsburgh Penguins. In a shakeup of seismic proportions, the black and gold replaced their long-time coach and GM, allowed several key performers to depart through free-agency, and traded away...
by PenguinPoop on Nov 1, 2014

Penguins Update: Ivory Soap Defense Won’t Leave a Mark

by PenguinPoop on Oct 25, 2014

Penguins Hire Mike Johnston

Penguins GM Jim Rutherford announced today that he hired Mike Johnston as the team’s new coach, ending a prolonged three-week search that began when Dan Bylsma was fired on June 6 and included at least one much-publicized swing and miss. Rutherfor...
by PenguinPoop on Jun 25, 2014

Back to the Future: Penguins Hire Jim Rutherford

When the Pittsburgh Penguins traded promising young goalie Jim Rutherford to Detroit back in 1974, nobody dreamed that one day he’d return as the team’s general manager. Yet there he was, seated at the CONSOL Energy Center podium on Friday, field...
by PenguinPoop on Jun 7, 2014

Penguins Update: A Requiem for Dan and Ray

Somewhere Craig Patrick must be smiling. Not an arrogant, misery-loves-company sneer. More of a rueful, knowing grin. Aside from Mario Lemieux, no one did more to save the Pittsburgh Penguins than Patrick. He literally dragged the franchise from the...
by PenguinPoop on Jun 7, 2014

Jim Rutherford arrive… Et Dan Bylsma quitte | Mauvaise nouvelle pour Gerard Gallant… Mais bonne nouvelle pour le CH?

http://www.danslescoulisses.com/fr/DLC • 6 juin, 2014 à 13:32Les Penguins ont trouvé leur nouveau DG. Et non, il ne s’agit pas de Pierre McGuire!Le gars voulait trop d’années (garanties) à son contrat…C’est Jim Rutherford...
by Sainte Flanelle on Jun 6, 2014

Penguins Update: Something Fishy in the ‘Burgh

Something smells fishy in the ‘Burgh. And it ain’t Wholey’s seafood market. Ever since the Penguins were eliminated from the Stanley Cup playoffs on Tuesday night, the local and national media reported that Dan Bylsma was out as Penguins coach...
by PenguinPoop on May 17, 2014

Penguins Fire General Manager; Fate Of Coaching Staff Undetermined

The Pittsburgh Penguins have fired general manager Ray Shero. The club says his replacement will determine the status of head coach Dan Bylsma and the rest of the coaching staff.
by StatFace on May 16, 2014


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