Penguins head coach Dan Bylsma remains the Penguins head coach for now and that’s how GM Ray Shero would like to keep it, multiple sources say. Shero and co-owners Mario Lemieux and Ron Burkle met for much of the day to discuss the futures of Bylsma and other pressing issues in the organization, Tribune-Review first reported today.
As expected, Shero is trying to sell ownership on staying committed to giving Bylsma an extension. The Trib reports that Shero “made a strong push for approval on an extension for Bylsma” during today’s meetings./div>
Prior to the Eastern Conference Finals, the Penguins had been prepared to sign Bylsma to a two year extension this summer and make him one of hockey’s highest paid coaches in the $2 million a year per season range. Getting ownership’s blessing on an extension for Bylsma remains pivotal for Shero to bring back Bylsma.
In regards to the coaching staff, Ownership has asked for input from Sidney Crosby, the face of the franchise, who according to one source was involved during some of the discussions today. Crosby and the majority of the players have been in full support of Bylsma.
Shero will be speaking Wednesday morning at 11:00 a.m. Shero has also been in regular contact with Bylsma.
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