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Dan Bylsma | Winger

Team: Pittsburgh Penguins
Age / DOB:  (43) / 9/19/1970
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 215
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The Pittsburgh Penguins are just the third team in five seasons to reach the milestone of 500 man-games lost to injuries.
That's worth keeping in mind the next time injuries are blamed for a team's failed season. Granted, the Pittsburgh Penguins have an exceptionally good roster and quite a few stars, but that's the point. A great team is one that has the capacity to endure the temporary loss of key players, a mediocre squad is one that typically falls apart when they run into injury problems. Apr 7 - 10:53 AM

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The Pittsburgh Penguins are 8-8-2 since the Olympic break.

They had such a big lead in the battle for the Metropolitan Division title that from a standings perspective, their mediocre play barely matters. However, at this rate they won't have much momentum going into the playoffs. The Penguins will start a difficult three-game road trip on Thursday that will include games in Winnipeg, Minnesota, and Colorado.
Apr 2 - 9:58 AM

The Pittsburgh Penguins have lost 363 man games to injury this season.

Since the Penguins have played 60 games this season, this means that the team has been without six players on average every game. The biggest losers in games lost have been: Beau Bennett 48 games, Rob Scuderi 29 games, Paul Martin 27 games, Kris Letang 26 games and Pascal Dupuis, who will miss the remainder of the season, 21 games. Interestingly enough, Sidney Crosby has not missed a game this season.
Mar 3 - 9:29 AM

Dan Bylsma is getting raked over the coals by the media for his coaching of the United States Olympic team, but his players in Pittsburgh are in his corner.

Bylsma was out coached by his Canadian counterpart Mike Babcock in the opinion of many during the semi-finals of the Olympics. Tanner Glass was one of many Penguins to have his back. "I think anyone who is ripping Dan is completely ridiculous," Glass said. "There is so much coaching that can be done, but there isn't much adjusting you can do in a short tournament like that."
Feb 24 - 8:25 AM

Should Team USA coach Dan Bylsma be blamed for the disappointing Olympics finish for the Americans?

After starting the tournament 4-0, the U.S. was shut out in their next two games and got blown out by Finland 5-0 in the bronze-medal game. The uptempo style clearly vanished in its two losses. Pittsburgh Tribune Review's Dejan Kovacevic noted Team USA played a 1-2-2 defense against Canada, a style they used previously only when leading in games. Puck Daddy's Greg Wyshynski said that decision "raised the white flag. ... It screamed 'we can’t hang with you, so we’re going to forego anything that might put a scare into you offensively, hang here and hope you screw up at some point so we can score.'" USA TODAY Sports' Kevin Allen said that the team was comprised of the "right players." But it went from a "devilish" team to one that was "passive" and "didn't play as intensely" over the last two tilts.
Source: Puck Daddy
Feb 22 - 8:48 PM

Penguins coach Dan Bylsma is encouraging the players that won't be at Sochi to take a vacation during the Olympic break.

It's a rare opportunity for them to unwind during the heart of a campaign and hopefully come back rejuvenated. Each player naturally has different plans. James Neal plans to spend some time on the beach, while Brandon Sutter is going ice fishing.
Feb 5 - 10:46 AM

The Pittsburgh Penguins finished a two game road with their mom's.

Teams usually have dad's only road trips but the Penguins changed things up and invited the mom's on a two game road trip to Los Angeles and Phoenix. "It's been distinctly different than the dads," Bylsma said. "I'm 43 years old and I feel like my mother is watching over me and taking care of me on this trip...For me, and I know the guys, as well, having our mothers on the trip and to be able to repay them and say thank you for everything they've been for us, it makes me feel a lot younger because I feel like I'm about 12 or 13 years old with having my mom [along] and being able to say thank you and I love you. I heard a lot of I-love-yous from their sons." A great idea by the Penguins as it's usually the mom who drives kids to practice and games growing up.
Feb 3 - 9:24 AM

Dan Bylsma won his 232nd game behind the Penguins bench on Sunday.

The win tied him for first overall with Eddie Johnston for the most regular season wins as a Penguin coach. Bylsma has been helped out by the Penguins outstanding record at home this season as they have won 12 in a row. The Pens are on the road for their next three contests and face the Canucks in Vancouver on Tuesday.
Jan 6 - 7:21 AM

The Pittsburgh Penguins are playing terrific defensive hockey thus far.

The Penguins have turned the puck over only seven times in their first two games and have only had an obvious odd-man rush once this season. Goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury has been the beneficiary of this devotion to defense as coach Dan Bylsma's game plan has been very successful in the early going.
Mon, Oct 7, 2013 09:33:00 AM

The Pittsburgh Penguins have won their opening two home games for the first time since 1995.

It's a surprising little tidbit, given some of the good seasons the Penguins have had since then. Pittsburgh is a serious contender to win the Metropolitan division and they should be among the league leaders in goals if their core can stay relatively healthy.
Sun, Oct 6, 2013 10:38:00 AM

There's still interest in having an outdoor game between the Penguins and Flyers in Beaver Stadium, but obstacles remain.

"It's always fun to come up with those scenarios in the league office or as a third party, but at the end of the day it does require a club to give up a home game," said NHL chief operating officer John Collins. "We haven't broached that yet." Beaver Stadium is a neutral site between Pittsburgh and Philadelphia. It still wouldn't be surprising if the two teams end up facing each other in an outdoor contest, but at the same time, nothing is guaranteed.
Fri, Sep 20, 2013 10:00:00 AM

Mike Buckley has been announced as the Pittsburgh Penguins' goalie development coach.

Buckley previously served as the goaltending coach with the University of Massachusetts-Amherst and more recently the University of New Hampshire. He has experience working with several NHL netminders, including Jonathan Quick and Tuukka Rask.
Wed, Sep 4, 2013 12:50:00 PM

The Pittsburgh Penguins have decided to promote goalie development coach Mike Bales to their new goaltending coach.

He has worked as the team's goaltender development coach for the previous two seasons, which allowed him to work with the organization's netminder prospects. Jeff Zatkoff and Brad Thiessen allowed the fewest combined goals in the AHL (178) last season under his tutelage. Bales also did scouting and evaluation of amateur goaltenders for the Penguins. Now, he'll join the big club and work on head coach Dan Bylsma's staff.
Mon, Aug 19, 2013 07:22:00 PM

Pittsburgh Penguins coach Dan Bylsma said the team has narrowed its list of finalists for the team's new goalie coach to three candidates.

Gilles Meloche resigned as goalie coach after the season, citing the difficulty of travel and being away from his family. The Penguins have interviewed former backup goalie Brent Johnson and current AHL goaltender development coach Mike Bales for the position. Bylsma refused to list the candidates but did say he expected a decision to be finalized within "weeks."
Fri, Aug 9, 2013 03:53:00 PM

The Pittsburgh Penguins have extended their affiliation with the ECHL Wheeling Nailers.

"We are excited to continue our relationship with the Penguins and their AHL affiliate, the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins," Nailers governor Don Rigby said. "We look forward to continuing to develop their young talent here in Wheeling." Tomas Vokoun is among the NHL players that played for Wheeling at some point during their career.
Mon, Jul 29, 2013 12:30:00 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
C1Sidney Crosby
2Evgeni Malkin
3Brandon Sutter
4Joe Vitale
5Brian Gibbons
6Marcel Goc
LW1Chris Kunitz
2Jussi Jokinen
3Beau Bennett
4Tanner Glass
5Taylor Pyatt
RW1James Neal
2Pascal Dupuis
3Lee Stempniak
4Craig Adams
5Jayson Megna
D1Kris Letang
2Paul Martin
3Matt Niskanen
4Olli Maatta
5Brooks Orpik
6Rob Scuderi
7Deryk Engelland
8Robert Bortuzzo
9Brian Dumoulin
G1Marc-Andre Fleury
2Jeff Zatkoff
3Tomas Vokoun