[thanks Travis for being on top of things]
If you came here before you went to the Penguins website, brace yourselves.
Dan Bylsma has been named interim head coach of the Pittsburgh Penguins, replacing Michel Therrien, it was announced tonight by Executive Vice President and General Manager Ray Shero.
We don't have opinions formed at this moment in time. We're still in fucking shock. Un. Fucking. Real. We'll issue a public statement later.
“We also would like to thank Michel Therrien for his significant contributions to the Penguins organization.”
Man...what a kiss off.
HEY ALL ZOË HERE WITH SOME THOUGHTS
Dan Bylsma has been a fucking beast for the Baby Pens.
WBS nabbed its eighth straight victory in Worcester tonight.
Frankly, I don't think anyone honestly expected a huge move like this as a last-ditch effort to save the Penguins' season. The coaching staff came under fire a lot, but I guess the real source of the Pens' struggles this season has always been a mystery.
If the management thinks it's Therrien, we have no choice but to trust them.
Some things that Petr Fever said back in his Czech interview, for example, made us fucking wonder.
There are lots of videos of Bylsma discussing his team with the media.
I think we officially like him.
Regarding their win last night
You can see more of him via links here
We can only hope that this doesn't bode negatively for the WBS boys, who could make another serious run for their league championship.
But this is the NHL.
Therrien would want you to all remember that you have to stay tough.
You don't lightly forget the guy that was able to help turn the team around and coach them to the Stanley Cup Finals.
Sometimes you outgrow people you love, though.
If you've ever been through a nasty breakup, you know what I mean.
What do you think the mood is, here?
Well, now that the initial shock has passed. . .
We hate to say it, but. . .
Teams don't normally fare well playing their first game under a new head coach in the middle of a season.
We hate to be homers and say this, but playing the Islanders first thing should soften the blow.
Tomorrow is going to be a stunner either way.
SUP DANNY BYLSMA
WELCOME TO PITTSBURGH.
WYSHYNSKI IS NOT A SHERO FAN, APPARENTLY
Puck Daddy calls Shero out for mismanaging his team in the offseason
Never disagreed with Wyshynski more.
There was a lot of shit going down in the Pens offseason, and if you closely followed the whole line of events, it's pretty obvious that Shero did his best with what knowledge and resources he had.
I mean, he's no Ken Holland or anything. But the Red Wings are like a mafia. They want your respect and your soul.
If locking up the best young core in the entire NHL for multi-year deals is offseason mismanagement, we're stunned.
Some things didn't go quite right.
And sometimes you have to work with what you have.
Ray Shero has quietly built himself a small army, and he's not going to do anything crazy right now to threaten the stability of that army.
We need munitions.
We need artillery.
We think he can get these things for us and we're not going to be impatient whiners about it.
Conversely, Detroit fans have been whining all season just because their team isn't winning the President's Trophy.
We are rational people, but we also have a little faith.
Busting Shero's balls about our current roster does not account for what has happened this season. There are other factors at work, and if you don't know what those are you just simply haven't been following the Penguins this season.
Which makes us LOL.