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Penguins extend Bylsma's contract

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The Pittsburgh Penguins quieted speculation about the future of coach Dan Bylsma with a two-year contract extension through the 2015-16 season, the team announced Wednesday.

There were some rumblings about possible moves after the Penguins were swept by the Boston Bruins in the Eastern Conference finals, but general manager Ray Shero said he plans to move forward with the current coaching staff.

The contracts of assistants Tony Grarnato and Todd Reirden also were extended.

"When I came here seven years ago, one of the things I wanted to establish was tradition of being a playoff team year in and year out," Shero said. "I think we've been able to establish something special here. I believe we have a great coach in Dan Bylsma. I believe he is our coach moving forward."

Shero also announced at a news conference that goaltending coach Gilles Meloche would be taking a new job as a special assignment scout. Meloche had served as the goalie coach for seven years.
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