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Pens coach calls 2013 a missed opportunity

Jun 7, 2013, 11:20 PM EDT

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Pittsburgh Penguins head coach Dan Bylsma praised his team’s work in the last two games of the 2013 Eastern Conference finals, saying they “fought as hard as any game I’ve been a part of” in Game 3. That doesn’t mean he’s sugarcoating the letdown, however.

Bylsma acknowledged the significant expectations the team brought into the playoffs, which the team didn’t live up to in being swept by the Boston Bruins.

“Our team considered itself capable of winning a Stanley Cup. Those were our expectations from day one,” Bylsma said. “Coming up short [of Stanley Cup] is no question disappointing. No question you’re going to look at this as a missed opportunity.”

It remains to be seen if he’ll get another chance with the Penguins next season.


Discuss the sweep.

Share your opinion regarding whether the team should make big changes or not.

  1. pitpenguinsrulez - Jun 7, 2013 at 11:35 PM

    Disco needs to go. Regular season success is great…sells tickets/merchandise…but the playoffs are where it matters most. He’s too soft for a coach I say…shows no emotion like Mike Tomlin of the Steelers. But who do you replace Disco with if you give him the pink slip?!

    • valoisjoeybfeld69 - Jun 7, 2013 at 11:45 PM

      Hynes, Eakins, Vigneault, Ruff… Just to name a few.

    • govtminion - Jun 8, 2013 at 10:19 AM

      Sometimes the jumping up and down screaming coaches don’t do too well either though… ask John Tortorella how it worked out in New York.

      I guess to me, if Bylsma isn’t the answer anymore, fine… can the Penguins find someone who is a legitimate upgrade from him? Or at the very least a sideways step? I’m not sure anyone on the market right now is an improvement.

      • supercoop8 - Jun 8, 2013 at 12:21 PM,32726/

      • govtminion - Jun 8, 2013 at 11:14 PM

        I saw that yesterday, that was hilarious! Funny part is I can see him doing something like that.

    • babykaby - Jun 9, 2013 at 9:56 AM

      Boudreau? Sarcasm.

  2. ckg0913 - Jun 7, 2013 at 11:37 PM

    What about 2010-2012, Dan?

  3. earpaniac - Jun 7, 2013 at 11:42 PM

    When you coach a team that is labeled a “Dream Team”, I’d say that’s a little more than a “missed opportunity”.

  4. kw27p - Jun 7, 2013 at 11:44 PM

    Hahahahaha Iginla is a chump!!!’ Eat it!!!

  5. whammy71 - Jun 7, 2013 at 11:46 PM

    Problem with Disco is that he only has a Plan A….if that doesn’t work….no Plan B.

  6. bobhpine - Jun 7, 2013 at 11:47 PM

    Disco Dan has to go. No way a team this loaded should score two goals in a series. The effort was there, the talent was certainly there. The coaching was not. Absolutely unacceptable job by Bylsma. He will go somewhere else and improve that team immediately, but he has reached his expiration date in Pittsburgh.

    • bmoreredfury311 - Jun 8, 2013 at 12:58 PM

      Typical fair weather, bandwagon pen fan/fans. If the hens actually showed up, you be all over Disco Dan, Disco balls.


  7. ironman721 - Jun 7, 2013 at 11:49 PM

    That was not a missed opportunity, that was a good old fashioned @ss whooping. The Pens did not deserve to play for the cup after that awful performance.

  8. bobhpine - Jun 7, 2013 at 11:52 PM

    BTW, winning really exposes Boston fans as the childish little jerks that they are. Calling Iginla a punk is just stupid. The guy is a total class act, respected by all of his peers. He had a full no trade and no move clause and he didn’t pick your team. So what? The fact that you still care is just pathetic. Only people from Boston could reach the cup finals in a sweep and focus solely on what Jarome Iginla did.

    These people honestly seem to get more enjoyment out of Iginla losing than their OWN team winning. Wicked sad.

    • dudermcrbohan - Jun 8, 2013 at 12:04 AM

      and your post exposes you as the childish little jerk you are. great job!

    • stakex - Jun 8, 2013 at 1:13 AM

      He’s not a class act. A class act doesn’t give a thumbs up to a trade, only to back out of it at last second and go somewhere else…. getting the team that gave him a ton over the years a worse deal in the process.

      • jpelle82 - Jun 8, 2013 at 9:13 AM

        iginla never gave the thumbs up to that trade, otherwise he would be in boston still playing. he waited to hear all offers and chose the team he wanted to play for. if you want to blame someone, blame feaster for giving chiarelli a false illusion that it would be a done deal before asking the player with a no trade clause first.

    • broadstreetbeatdown - Jun 8, 2013 at 1:25 AM

      Hey look its Piney Bob. Maybe you should worry less about the Bruins fans bagging on a clearly classless Iginla, who screwed over the Flames and B’s who had the better deal to sign with the overrated Stanley cup favorites, and worry more about your superstar roster’s total and pathetic inability to score or even buy their sorry asses a goal. The best player on this pathetic team was Vokoun who stepped up his game and in turn the superstars screwed him over. Go back to your poodles and wine lists Piney. Blow this team up and rebuild.

    • itsallniceonice - Jun 8, 2013 at 3:16 AM

      Keep crying, hope you don’t post here again.

    • mjvincent125 - Jun 8, 2013 at 4:57 AM

      How is this any different then Penguin fans that get on Jagr because when he came back from Europe he didn’t want to play for the Pens. It’s okay, Iginla thought he had a better chance at the cup if he played for the Pens. How’s that working out for him, Bob?

      • myspaceyourface - Jun 8, 2013 at 10:14 AM

        It’s different because Jagr actually played for the Pens and won 2 cups. He then left for $$$$$. He then used the Pens for leverage in another deal? Big difference.

  9. 89seminole - Jun 7, 2013 at 11:55 PM

    Players have to step up. It’s not about coaching with that roster. Vokoun was great, but Rask was out of his mind. If Boston keeps it up, they’ll drop the Hawks too. Although Chicago has a better defense than Pittsburgh.

    • jpelle82 - Jun 8, 2013 at 9:16 AM

      goal tending and defense werent the problem for the penguins. lack of scoring and the boston bruins are the reason they arent moving on.

      • clefty1 - Jun 8, 2013 at 9:59 AM

        If goaltending was not a problem then why was Fleury on the bench and Vokoun between the pipes though there was nothing wrong with how Vokoun played.

  10. esracerx46 - Jun 8, 2013 at 12:00 AM

    I don’t know if its because he coaches Pittsburgh or what but I’ve never liked him. Some of mannerisms behind the bench just seem too, I don’t know how to describe it… we just got our ass handed to us but oh well what can you do. I think Byslma gets canned and they lure Tippet away from purgatory.

  11. bobhpine - Jun 8, 2013 at 12:08 AM

    Well said. Quality explanation. You basically said: ” you are one, too!” Wicked smaht!

  12. chanceoffleury1 - Jun 8, 2013 at 12:22 AM

    “disappointing” and “a missed opportunity” is putting this performance quite nicely. This will go down as one of the most underachieving teams in the history of the NHL. Whenever somebody else puts together a “dream team” years down the road, the opposing teams playing them will talk about how they shouldn’t get too cocky because “remember what happened to the 2013 Penguins”.

    Being outworked, outcoached, and all around outplayed doesn’t even begin to describe the disappointment the organization should feel about this year. As a fan I feel empty and exhausted so I can’t imagine what the players are feeling.

  13. wildbillsrodeo - Jun 8, 2013 at 12:25 AM

    Jarome wanted to win a Cup. Jarome picked the wrong TEAM. Sorry Jarome – I won’t lose sleep over your decision! – One ecstatic Bruins fan

  14. jacketsfan7 - Jun 8, 2013 at 12:42 AM

    I’m tired of bludgeoning all these teams in the regular season and sucking in the playoffs

    • chanceoffleury1 - Jun 8, 2013 at 1:19 AM

      Hmmmm, I see you’re a Jackets fan. If you are bludgeoning teams in the regular season and sucking in the playoffs you must be from the future where the Jackets have now hired Bylsma. I’d like to tell you the crow gets easier to swallow every year, but it doesn’t. So person from the future, tell me, who wins the Cup? Which basket should I put my money in? Do the Pens bounce back next year? Does Malkin stay in Pittsburgh? What about Letang? I need answers!!!!

      • broadstreetbeatdown - Jun 8, 2013 at 1:28 AM

        Why the Pens win the cup just like its been predicted every year since 2009. It looks like the only ones that get the memo are the yinzers.

      • jpelle82 - Jun 8, 2013 at 9:20 AM

        he swings from both sides of the plate, he’s a bi-fan and despite the social stigma, he’s so brave for showing the world…he was born that way.

  15. ironcity6pak - Jun 8, 2013 at 7:33 AM

    Dan adopted this team when he was hired, success has nothing to do with him. I say let Shero coach!

  16. wicky888 - Jun 8, 2013 at 8:38 AM

    There is no excuse for a team this talented to leave the playoffs in this fashion. I blame the coach. He was totally out-coached by Lavy last year and even worse this year by Julien. He’s gotta go

  17. heyzeus143 - Jun 8, 2013 at 9:18 AM

    Time is up Disco

  18. FoozieGrooler - Jun 8, 2013 at 10:22 AM

    A good coach is more than just a teacher of the game.
    He also has to be able to inspire his players, to get into their heads and motivate them.
    Bylsma does not possess that quality.

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