Dan Bylsma signs extension to stay with Penguins

The Pittsburgh Penguins gave a contract extension to head coach Dan Bylsma.

According to ESPN.com, Bylsma signed a two year extension to coach the team through the 2015-2016 season. The extension comes to as a surprise as Penguins chairman and former star Mario Lemieux was calling for a coaching change.

CBS Sports.com reported Lemieux was ordering a coaching change after Bylsma’s Penguins were swept by the Boston Bruins in four games in the the Eastern Conference Finals.

Assistant coaches Tony Granato and Todd Reirden will also be retained. Goaltending coach Gilles Meloche will move into an advisory role with the club next season. General Manager said Bylsma is the right coach to lead their two stars Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin for the near future.

Bylsma has a coaching record of 201-92-25 in four seasons with the Penguins. He also led the Penguins to their third Stanley Cup Championship in 2009. The Penguins were 36-12-0 in 2012 and won the Atlantic Division Title this season.

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