WASHINGTON -- The news of three coaches getting pink slips this week gave Dan Bylsma reason to pause, reflect and contemplate his own future in the high-stakes, zero-security coaching business.
"It's tough to know what to think," Bylsma told NHL.com prior to coaching his Pittsburgh Penguins to a 2-1 win against the Capitals at Verizon Center. "It doesn't make you feel good, I know that. It doesn't make you feel comfortable, and it does say a lot about the pressure in this League to win hockey games."
Bylsma has never been fired from an NHL head coaching job, so he can't talk about what it must have felt like to be either Bruce Boudreau or Paul Maurice on Monday. He would have no clue how empty Randy Carlyle must have felt Wednesday night after leading his struggling team to a win only to learn he was getting the ax less than an hour after the final buzzer.
Then again, Bylsma is one coach that as of today and certainly for the foreseeable future does not have to concern himself with the gut-wrenching feeling one in his fraternity must have when he stops getting results and, ultimately, stops getting the opportunity to try to make things right.