Bylsma Given Contract Extension As Pittsburgh Penguins Coach

June 12, 2013

The Pittsburgh Penguins announced Wednesday that they have given head coach Dan Bylsma a two-year contract extension.

The announcement was made by team general manager Ray Shero just five days after the Penguins had been eliminated from the NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs by the Boston Bruins in a four-game sweep in the Eastern Conference finals.

Bylsma, at 42 the fastest coach in NHL history to reach 200 wins, had one year remaining on his last contract.  The new pact will keep him with the Penguins through the 2015-2016 season.

Bylsma has the highest winning percentage of any coach in Penguins history, and has won more playoff games than any other Penguins coach.  He was named the league’s top coach in 2011.

The Penguins also extended the contracts of assistant coaches Tony Granato and Todd Reirden, and announced that seven-year goaltenders coach Gilles Meloche will return to a role as a scout for the organization.

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