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Pens, Bylsma agree on multi-year deal as head coach

Tuesday, 04.28.2009 / 10:16 AM / News

NHL.com

The Pittsburgh Penguins have removed the "interim" tag from Dan Bylsma's title and formally named him head coach on Tuesday.

Bylsma had served as interim head coach since Feb. 15.

"Dan has done such an impressive job with our team, both on and off the ice, that we didn't see the need to wait any longer to announce our decision," said Ray Shero, the Penguins' executive vice president and general manager.  "He is the man we want to lead the Pittsburgh Penguins as our head coach."

Bylsma, 38, has overseen a dramatic transformation in the Penguins' fortunes, leading his team to an 18-3-4 record in the final 25 games of the regular season and earning the No. 4 playoff seed in the Eastern Conference.  The Penguins ousted the Philadelphia Flyers, four games to two, in the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs – posting a dramatic come-from-behind victory in Game 6 Saturday -- and are now awaiting their opponent in round two.

Bylsma and Shero agreed on a multi-year contract Monday night. The team was informed before practice Tuesday morning.

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