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Now That Iginla is a Penguin, Is This Cup Bylsma’s to Lose?

I’m not completely sold that adding Iginla to the roster is all it’s cracked up to be, but that conversation has already happened in an earlier post, and the deal is already done. Let’s all put down our etching machines for a minute to ask an important question: Now that the Pens have an embarrassment of riches in terms of big names, does the team have the leadership behind the bench to make this superteam machine hum all the way to the finals?

pp0350Dan Bylsma has the hardest job moving forward — in terms of managing expectations in the locker room (that ship has clearly sailed among Pens fans), finding the right chemistry between all of our old and newly acquired talent, and getting the Pens over some little humps like, oh, the rest of the regular season and injuries that we’re dealing with now and those that may happen down the road. “But Joey, how is this different from any other coach’s job in the NHL?” I’m glad you asked. Because the Penguins, as of right now, are the only team that is stacked like a Saturday-night feature dancer at Cheerleaders*. The pressure is greater. The talent is better. The stakes are higher. The job, for Bylsma and his staff, is infinitely harder.

Can he do his part? What do you think?

*Disclaimer: I’m not endorsing Cheerleaders. I’ve actually never been there. They just seem to have lots of feature acts and definitely the most commercials.

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  1. March 28, 2013 at 4:05 pm | Permalink

    It’s nobody’s to lose, it’s there for us to win…..go Pens !

  2. March 28, 2013 at 2:58 pm | Permalink

    I believe Shero put more of the onus on himself with this last trade. If the Penguins were losing, it would be 100% on Bylsma. Bylsma has the team in first place in the Atlantic and on a 13 game winning streak. if the team starts to lose I believe the questions being raised will be whether or not Shero messed up the team chemistry.

  3. Lee's Gravatar Lee
    March 28, 2013 at 1:49 pm | Permalink

    Actually, it’s Fleury’s to lose.


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