Pittsburgh Penguins Coach Dan Bylsma was one of the best stories in hockey last season: The minor league coach who turned his team's fortunes around, led them to the Stanley Cup and introduced the world to lucky burritos.
I spoke with Bylsma recently about the pressure of winning back-to-back Stanley Cups; the competition between Sidney Crosby(notes) and Evgeni Malkin(notes), and whether it's healthy for the team; whether NHL players should compete in the Olympics; and coming to terms with being a champion.
Q. What are your main concerns right now when you're trying to win back-to-back Stanley Cups as a coach?
BYLSMA: I think there is history that says teams have a hard time getting focused; teams aren't as motivated or there is some hangover -- a Stanley Cup hangover. But I think each situation is unique.
I think you don't want to talk too much about the past. If you're improving, if you're getting better you want to look back and say that we're getting better, and that this is aRead More »from Puck Daddy chats with Penguins Coach Dan Bylsma about Sidney vs. Malkin, Olympic participation and back-to-back Stanley Cups