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So far, so good - 3-24-09

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

Whenever a franchise makes a coaching change mid-season, its done presumably because the team isn't performing to the level management expects. Ideally, a new coach will bring better results.

The Penguins have made nine such changes in their history all with varying degrees of success. Three of of those changes have actually led to the team having a poorer record.

Dan Bylsma's (above) tenure with the Penguins has been the exact opposite so far. In fact, to this point, he's been the best in-season coaching change in the mixed history of the franchise based on point percentages:

Season First Coach
Second Coach
Records Points Point
Percentages
1972-73 Red Kelly
Ken Schinkel
17-19-6
15-18-3
40
33
.476
.458
1973-74 Ken Schinkel
Marc Boileau
14-31-5
15-10-4
33
32
.333
.571
1975-76 Marc Boileau
Ken Schinkel
15-23-5
20-10-7
35
47
.406
.635
1989-90 Gene Ubriaco
Craig Patrick
10-14-2
22-26-6
22
50
.423
.463
1996-97 Ed Johnston
Craig Patrick
31-26-5
7-10-3
67
17
.540
.425
1999-2000 Kevin Constantine
Herb Brooks
8-14-3
29-23-5
23
65
.460
.570
2001-02 Ivan Hlinka
Rick Kehoe
0-4-0
28-37-8
0
69
.000
.442
2005-06 Ed Olczyk
Michel Therrien
8-17-6
14-29-8
22
36
.355
.353
2008-09 Michel Therrien
Dan Bylsma
27-25-5
12-2-3
59
27
.518
.794

Granted, Bylsma has had the benefit of adding two first-line caliber forwards at roughly the same time he took over the team, but his stewardship has been a phenomonal success thus far.

Does this guarantee Bylsma a job heading into next season? That question is probably still in the process of being answered, but Bylsma is accomplishing things no other replacement coach has ever done in the history of the Penguins.

(Photo: Keith Srakocic/Associated Press)

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