Dan Bylsma 2008-2014
Regular Season Record with Penguins: 252-117
Playoff Record with Penguins: 43-35
1-time Stanley Cup Champ (2009), 2-time Metro Division Champ, Coach Team USA in 2014 Olympics
I already know I am going to receive a heat for picking Bylsma over the likes “Badger” Bob Johnson and Scotty Bowman, who led the Penguins to consecutive Stanley Cups in the early 1990’s. However, both were only with the Penguins for a short stint (Johnson was unable to coach due to failing health that would later cost him his life). But as time progresses, more and more Penguins fans will come to appreciate the success Bylsma had in Pittsburgh.
Bylsma became the Penguins coach following the mid-season firing of Michel Therrien in February 2009. He was able to lead the team on a miraculous run the rest of the season that culminated in the franchise’s third Stanley Cup. In his six seasons with Pittsburgh, Bylsma led the Penguin to the playoffs in each season and won two Metro division titles. Upon his firing following the 2013-2014 season, he was the winningest coach in franchise history.
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