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Audio: Crosby denies disconnect with Bylsma

May 15, 2014, 4:15 PM EDT

The day after a Pittsburgh newspaper reported this…

Crosby and Malkin grew disenchanted with perceived harsh criticism they received from Bylsma during meetings, the sources said. They and other veteran players were unhappy with Bylsma’s numerous meetings and long practices and the decreasing sense of fun within the Penguins’ environment, the sources said.

Ownership believed Bylsma lost the dressing room this season, specifically the support of Crosby and Malkin, the sources said.

Sidney Crosby denied there was any sort of “disconnect” between Penguins coach Dan Bylsma and his players.

Have a listen:

Despite the denial, when asked if he thought a coaching change was necessary, Crosby would only say, “I think that’s for other people to decide.”

The consensus is that Bylsma will not be back next season.

Related: Report: Pens ownership wants Bylsma fired; maybe Shero, too

  1. dontbsuchapuss - May 15, 2014 at 4:27 PM

    Here’s an idea pay based on performance not status. When you have that kind of game changing talent you don’t disappear in the playoffs once again it’s the coach never the players. Sorry when you make millions playing a game it shouldn’t be all fun. It’s called work and those who work hard in the real world get rewarded just not with millions like they do to under perform.

    • acieu - May 15, 2014 at 4:31 PM

      And Ovie is called the coach killer?

      • m1k3g - May 15, 2014 at 4:59 PM

        No way, he’s every coach’s dream. Just ask Dale Hunter.

      • barkar942 - May 15, 2014 at 6:01 PM

        Ovie, Jr.

      • bmoreredfury311 - May 15, 2014 at 6:13 PM

        M1k3g, Hunter had a issue with Mcphee and probably uncle ted. Ovi was willing to do his part. Did have trouble adjusting, heck yea. But I think Hunter and him would of been great, with a training camp and a preseason. Thats why Trotz, wouldn’t be a bad fit. With solid D, comes offense.

      • storminator16 - May 16, 2014 at 8:49 AM

        Hunter was a bad NHL coach. So, I’m not exactly getting the point.

    • nj666 - May 15, 2014 at 5:53 PM

      he does work in the real world…

    • 16thearlofderby - May 16, 2014 at 8:23 AM

      “pay based performance” can you spell C B A? strike for sure

      need better ideas

  2. westof1club - May 15, 2014 at 4:44 PM

    Yeah, Ovie’s a Russian coach killer, Crosby a Canadian team builder who carries his team despite the obvious lack of talent around him.

  3. 16thearlofderby - May 15, 2014 at 5:03 PM

    protecting the image sid

    setting the table for the next coach

    can’t score in the playoffs now that’s a problem

    problems for pens are deeper than players only

    pens placed a want add for a seasoned gm and coach – iron mike –

    lemieux & larouche to run hockey ops – follow the trend boys

  4. m1k3g - May 15, 2014 at 5:03 PM

    So let’s analyze the options for a response to that question:

    He could say “Yeah, Bylsma sucks.” That would go over like a lead balloon.

    Or he could says “No way, he’s my guy.” ….and when he inevitably is fired in the coming days, you guys will use that quote to conjure up a nonexistent need between him and ownership.

    He answered the question with as much diplomacy as he could.

    • m1k3g - May 15, 2014 at 5:05 PM

      *nonexistent beef

    • maalea - May 15, 2014 at 7:16 PM


      The correct answer is to back your coach and team mates and then say that the management will do everything to improve the team, so that we can make a cup run next year.

  5. zinger99 - May 15, 2014 at 5:04 PM

    But he did admit to a disconnect with scoring goals! hahaahahahahah

  6. letsgocaps88 - May 15, 2014 at 5:15 PM

    Why do i have a feeling if he get’s fired, Ted Leonsis will push for him.

    • bmoreredfury311 - May 15, 2014 at 8:22 PM

      That be a stupid move. Caps need someone from Chicago, Boston, L.A. and Detroit. A fresh perspective, not Hen scraps.

      • 16thearlofderby - May 16, 2014 at 8:25 AM

        “someone from Chicago, Boston, L.A. and Detroit” 4 coaches makes too many

      • bmoreredfury311 - May 16, 2014 at 9:58 AM

        My bad, I meant “or” not “and”. Forgive my poor grammar. See kids that’s what happens when you drink and text.

      • 16thearlofderby - May 16, 2014 at 10:35 AM

        sales – abc always be closing

        kids – abc always be careful

  7. snipedanglecelly13 - May 15, 2014 at 5:23 PM

    Wings will win Stanley cup before the pens will again

    • 16thearlofderby - May 16, 2014 at 8:26 AM

      fodder islanders win SC before wings – easy to throw fodder yes

  8. muckleflugga - May 15, 2014 at 6:02 PM

    what’s happening to sidney crosby happens to all the big money men at some point … is the nightly beating and hammering in the playoffs worth it … who’s getting rich at the expense of my long-term health

    not me, outside of regular season play

    and having one’s every move and play and thought examined with world shaking import has to be tiring, even as mindless repetition is tiring … thought balloon: take that mic and shove it hard and far, i’m sure there’s room you effing hoser, and gary can wrap his lips around this too, face of the game my ass

    when does it all end … the hotels … the travel … sleeping on planes … the games … pierre’s love and attention [ man did you the bytch sucking-up to pk, what’s he got that i haven’t ]

    and what of motivation to experience an extended playoff run when in your heart of hearts you know your team doesn’t have it … watching the west unfold, speed and more speed, hammering contact … no one riding shotgun on the deadwood stagecoach

    like wings and others, the writing was on the wall, so why sell out heart and soul, only to be subject to more abuse in the media and by fans when goodness sakes alive, we joined twenty nine other teams who didn’t win the cup

    nooooo way, i’m going somewhere warm, and mario can kiss my shiny red [ expletive deleted ]

    good on you sid … good interview … let the others hang dan if they’re so inclined … you’re a union man and my kind of player

  9. titansbro - May 15, 2014 at 6:22 PM

    He just wants have fun y’all? What’s so wrong with that? He wants to make $8m a year to have fun.

  10. cityofchampions27 - May 15, 2014 at 6:28 PM

    @westof1. Lack of talent…..
    Yeah — Malkin, Neal, Kunitz, letang. Great point. If crosby played with half of Genos fire they would’ve beat NYR.

  11. cityofchampions27 - May 15, 2014 at 6:30 PM

    Entertain this. Crosby to Toronto for a “kings ransom” could he handle hockey’s epicenter? Thoughts?

    • mangoman1966 - May 15, 2014 at 8:52 PM

      Agree. SIDS run could be over here. He needs a fresh start and so do us fans. Could get much help from Toronto. They do have some good young talent starting with jvr

      • thisischavez - May 16, 2014 at 12:40 AM

        Sid is on the hook for over a hundred mill, guaranteed. He’s not going anywhere. And he’s Lemieuxs’ guy. Malkin will be gone before Sid. And that’s not happening either.

  12. wishingtonredslur - May 15, 2014 at 6:43 PM

    Did Crosby mention anything about re-branding the team? Haven’t the people of Pittsburgh suffered the Penguins brand long enough? How about the Pittsburgh Pumas? The Push? The Pride? Platypus? Don’t knock the Platypus they are way more dangerous than Penguins. Now let us get better colors. Red. Army Green. Black and White. There, a better hockey team. Go Play. Nike.

  13. penvik - May 15, 2014 at 6:44 PM

    Something was troubling him for sure. He said no injury so it was mental. But not just the playoffs. It’s been for over a year now. He lost that fire, and that fire is the difference between the Cup and no Cups.

    • 16thearlofderby - May 16, 2014 at 8:30 AM

      don’t matter birds need a gamer goalie – ex. price, henrik, crawford, quick

      get the best available now will bring them closer to sc no

  14. maalea - May 15, 2014 at 7:22 PM

    Peyton Manning of the NHL, maybe the greatest regular season player, damn near invisible in the playoffs.

    Win one title, mostly on others backs.

  15. banger60 - May 15, 2014 at 7:23 PM

    See ya Sidney! GO RANGERS!

  16. nyeagles10 - May 15, 2014 at 7:48 PM

    Crosby isn’t surrounded by talent ? come onnn look back on what you said. Every year your pens were built to win. I’ll let u slide when Cosby was out with concussion but this year and last year b.s excuse with not having talent

  17. laxman1944 - May 15, 2014 at 7:51 PM

    Be careful what you wish for.

    Still bitter that the players got Hitchcock fired in Philly he is a hell of a coach.

    Call Roy in Col. And see what it’s gonna take to get Talbot back…….I’d start there

  18. ducksk - May 15, 2014 at 8:51 PM

    Dear Sid, thanks for having your coaches backs. You’ve looked tired and burnt out. Captains don’t always worry about “saying the right things”. Don’t worry, you didn’t. Look in the mirror young man, or take a page from Stevie Y. To much is given much is expected. Man up and own it.

  19. wingsfantothecore - May 15, 2014 at 9:32 PM

    Jvr and dion for crosby and letang would be interesting

    • thesportsjudge - May 16, 2014 at 12:18 AM

      Pittsburgh doesn’t WILLINGLY WANT to go bankrupt, again.

    • flyerspsu - May 16, 2014 at 9:23 AM

      Haha I get it that’s a joke

  20. drewzducks - May 15, 2014 at 9:55 PM

    Poor girl sounds like she was bullied by big bad Dan’s harsh criticism. Don’t worry though, Mario has your back…and Pierre has your front.

    • charlie24zz - May 15, 2014 at 11:17 PM

      Hey drew, still butthurt?

      • drewzducks - May 15, 2014 at 11:25 PM

        Hell no chump, it’s baseball season.

  21. capsrockva - May 16, 2014 at 12:02 AM

    yea that’s why Pit’ media was bashing the whole franchise from crybaby to the GM I’m love it now there’s only one left NY I don’t usually for CA teams, but I also am sick of BOS/PIT/NY having parades In the west I’d like to Anaheim win the whole thing Go Montreal and Anaheim

  22. phillyphannnn83 - May 16, 2014 at 1:01 AM

    Going to say something here and before you guys jump on me, here’s a disclaimer: I am being 100% serious and I am not trying to troll anyone…

    I spoke to a source of mine today, he is an incredibly reliable source at that: he is in the NHL Hall of Fame. The Pens and the NHL have been hiding a very dark secret:
    There is a good chance that Crosby may have to retire in the next couple years. You read that right, Sidney Crosby may have to retire. The league and the Pens fear his mediocre-for-Sidney-Crosby play dating back to the Olympics is due to recurring post-concussion symptoms.

    I can honestly say that if I had not heard it from the person I heard it from, I would not believe it one bit. And it is certainly something the NHL would do everything in their power to keep quiet if true.

    Even as a die-hard Flyers fan, I hope this isn’t true. Although I don’t like him for various reasons(1. He plays for the Pens 2. His attitude when he came into the league was beyond immature and pitiful, chalked up to being 18 I guess 3. His propensity for diving was a detriment to the leagues image to casual and non-fans) you never, NEVER want to see someone’s career end early due to a serious injury such as concussions, whether it’s a bitter rival or not.

    If you are thinking of responding to this and you’ve never had a serious concussion or multiple concussions, I’m telling you from experience(I’ve had 9 diagnosed, countless others) there are definitely permanent effects. Sid has had plenty of diagnosed concussions and i guarantee many more undiagnosed, especially at the lower levels pre-NHL. This is well within the realm if possibility, and again, I hope it isn’t true. Whether you like him or not, he’s good for the league.

    • 16thearlofderby - May 16, 2014 at 8:34 AM

      concussion during the rangers series on hit by nash – maybe

    • storminator16 - May 16, 2014 at 8:53 AM

      There are rumors of Sid dealing with a “personal issue”. Not saying I agree with him still dealing with PCS, but his actions on the ice….yeah. I’m not really sure what to make of it any more.

  23. kastout11 - May 16, 2014 at 7:48 AM

    Instead of bashing Sid and Giroux for not scoring in the playoffs, how about giving credit to the NYR defense and Lundqvist. I am a Flyers fan and will admit that I was frustrated by the lack of production from the Flyers offense in round 1 against the Rangers, but I saw the Rangers do the same thing to the vaunted Penguins offense also. I hate giving the Rangers props for anythiing, but their defense and goaltending has been superb in the playoffs. Don’t hate on Sid, he is still the best player in the world and he is not going to Toronto. That is a ridiculous thought. Also, believe it or not, Shero and Bylsma will be back next year. They lost because they went up against a hot goaltender and lockdown defensemen, not because there is a problem with their coach and their GM. You are as bad as us Philly fans screaming for Homers head earlier this season.

    • 16thearlofderby - May 16, 2014 at 8:37 AM

      don’t hate is ok but don’t cry a river the boys with big contracts have to wear big boy pants

  24. ducksk - May 16, 2014 at 8:42 AM

    Philly fan. Your source is wrong, again! Same exact tale was told last year. BS. It is not true.

  25. ducksk - May 16, 2014 at 9:11 AM

    Sid had a great regular season. Just looked tired of the grind at the end. But, I’m saying he could of took more ownership and went to bat for his coaches…..

  26. hockeydon10 - May 16, 2014 at 12:58 PM

    Could part of the problem be that there was no disconnect? What I mean is sometimes coaches are real hardasses (Torts) and lose the room because of it. Bylsma has been reported, more than once, to be the type of coach that was the players’ friend. Sort of the opposite of a coach like Torts. History has proven again and again that the coach-as-friend is less likely to lead to success.

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