Ray Shero and Mario Lemieux talked all day Tuesday. Ron Burkle was in on the discussions, too. Shero, the Penguins' general manager, met with majority co-owners Lemieux and Burkle to discuss several items, including the future of coach Dan Bylsma and assistants Tony Granato and Todd Reirden. The meeting began around 7 a.m. at Consol Energy Center and lasted until late in the evening. During the meeting, Shero made a strong push for approval on an extension for Bylsma, who is set to enter the final season of his contract. Shero wanted the coaching situation settled — at least Bylsma's status — so he could start finalizing a long-term contract with center Evgeni Malkin before turning to potential new contracts for winger Pascal Dupuis and defenseman Kris Letang. Shero also identified parameters of the commitment necessary to keep Malkin — about $10 million annually, all of which would count completely against the salary cap. Ownership has authorized Shero to keep Malkin at almost any cost. Shero had a face-to-face meeting with J.P. Barry, Malkin's agent, Monday. Barry described the meeting as productive. In annual player-exit meetings Sunday, Bylsma received endorsements from Malkin and captain Sidney Crosby. Shero, Lemieux and Burkle are extensively reviewing the Penguins, who were swept from the Eastern Conference final by Boston. The favored Penguins scored only two goals in the series. Since leading them to the Stanley Cup in 2009, Bylsma has steered the Penguins to only three playoff series victories and amassed a 20-21 postseason record. Bylsma is the franchise leader in winning percentage and playoff victories — and a leading candidate to coach Team USA at the 2014 Winter Olympics. Bylsma declined to comment Tuesday. Shero is scheduled to hold his annual season-ending briefing at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Consol Energy Center. Bylsma's status is not the only topic that Shero, Lemieux and Burkle discussed.
Pens’ owners, Shero discuss Bylsma’s future
Pittsburgh Tribune Review | Jun 12