Ray Shero announced yesterday that Michel Therrian's days as the head coach of the Penguins has ended. Dan Bylsma of the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins has been named interim head coach to take a new approach and lead the team through the remaining 25 games. Blysma's first NHL coaching job was with today's opponent, the New York Islanders back in the 05-06 season, and made his way to the Penguins organization in 06.

During the two years Bylsma was with WB/S along side Todd Richards, the current coach of Western conference leaders San Jose, they were able to win the AHL East Division, an Eastern Conference Championship, and posted a record of 98-49-5-8. This season the Baby Pens are 35-16-1-2 and are currently riding an 8 game winning streak.

Michel Therrian may be out of coaching job at the moment, but he has shown in the past what he has been able to accomplish with young teams, talented teams, and struggling teams and should find himself somewhere in need of a coach. This year he had to make some adjustments to his coaching technique after an average first half of the season to keep the Penguins from falling too far out of the playoff race and Ray Shero thinks its time to take the team in a new direction. As far as General Managers go, Ray Shero is at the top of the list. He has made bold moves in the past and this could be just what we need at this point in the season.
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