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01-25-2013, 11:40 PM
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KIRK
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Originally Posted by Captain Hook View Post
I agree Bylsma had a horrendous late regular season and the early playoff exit but to be fair and what Grove may be talking about is that Bylsma did do some good things last year. Sidney Crosby missed 60 games, Jordan Staal missed 20 games, Kris Letang missed 31 games and the team still had 108 points. The year before Crosby and Malkin both missed about half the regular season and they had 106 points. That is impressive. That said, they say coaches all have an expiration date and Bylsma's may be rapidly approaching if the current struggles in the regular season continue or another early playoff exit happens.
Nobody would disagree that Bylsma has overachieved in the regular season when the team is short handed. The issue is what they've done the rest of the time under his tutelage, how the team has looked at those times, and how much of it can be traced back to Bylsma's capabilities or lack thereof as a NHL coach.

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