PITTSBURGH - So you want to fire Dan Bylsma?
Put that on a ballot, and you'd have a bigger local turnout than any Presidential election, with volunteers ready to help him pack.
The Pittsburgh Penguins were built to win the Stanley Cup. Their failure to get more than halfway to that goal has a lot of people angry.
The perception is that Bylsma is in trouble, although there's been no confirmation of that from GM Ray Shero or ownership. But the team did disappoint (again) and all NHL coaches not named Lindy Ruff are pretty disposable.
The .750 winning percentage (36-12) in the regular season doesn't matter now, and neither do the two rounds of playoff success.
If the Penguins make a coaching change, they would essentially be firing Bylsma for one game - Game 2 against Boston, a disaster from start to finish. The other three games were at least competitive, with the last two each being decided by a goal.
The Penguins were favorites to win the Cup, and became overwhelming favorites when Shero pulled off deadline deals for accomplished veterans. Those reinforcements did nothing significant against the Bruins.
The bigger issue is the team's two $8.7 million superstars produced nothing. This stumble is a career first for Sidney Crosby. People have grown accustomed to quiet stretches from Evgeni Malkin, although he was playing like a madman in Game Three.
Nobody wants to hear that the Bruins are pretty good (they've won the Cup more recently than the Penguins) or that goalie Tuukka Rask had an incredible series, aided by some goal posts. (Rask gave up two goals in 275 minutes; Marc-Andre Fleury allowed three in 43 minutes).
It's not that the Bruins won, it's that the Penguins didn't. OK, that's sports. People don't get disappointed now, they get mad. They want someone to pay, and people love to fire someone who makes more money than they do.
So Bylsma's in the crosshairs, and there's nothing wrong with that. Everyone can be replaced. If Shero and ownership have someone better in mind, make a change.
But there aren't a lot of suggestions about who should coach the Penguins. There's just the vague idea that it needs to be someone else.
That's dangerous. If you want to fire Bylsma, fine. Just make sure his replacement is an improvement.
The biggest long-term takeaway from the playoffs is the unsettled goaltending situation.
Faced with the non-hypothetical question of, "What goalie would you start if you absolutely had to win a game," Bylsma's choice was Tomas Vokoun.
The Penguins no longer trust Fleury in the playoffs, which means he shouldn't be on the team next year. With salary cap issues looming, there's no need for a $5 million backup.
A lot of people outside of western Pennsylvania are celebrating the Penguins' elimination.
They take great delight in rooting against Crosby and the Penguins, much in the manner some baseball fans like to see the New York Yankees fall.
It's a sign of respect in some twisted, grudging way.
It doesn't work
This is the fourth consecutive year that the Penguins didn't win even though Dan (One of the Guys) Potash of Root Sports grew a playoff beard.
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