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Dan Bylsma Enjoys the Aftertaste of the Boudreau Effect

Published by on June 14, 2009
Article Source: Bleacher Report - NHL

He had 25 games to propel an inherited version of the Pittsburgh Penguins into the bounty of postseason play. Whether it was done gracefully, with aesthetics or through rugged performances, general manager Ray Shero vested his confidence in a second-year coach of whom most of the hockey world would be forgiven for having no knowledge.

Dan Bylsma, a freshman by terms of his coaching experience, was given a chance that seemed to follow a common thread in a season replete with managerial choices: the election of an AHL affiliate bench-boss to the parent organization.

Bylsma joined Cory Clouston, the recently-signed coach of the Ottawa Senators, as an extension of what has been dubbed the Boudreau Effect, which was initi...

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