Dan Bylsma gets contract extension

Updated: March 9, 2011, 2:16 PM ET
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Penguins coach Dan Bylsma agreed to a three-year contract extension Wednesday that will keep him in Pittsburgh through the 2013-14 season.

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Christian Petersen/Getty ImagesCoach Dan Bylsma, who oversaw the Penguins' surge to the 2009 Stanley Cup, has been rewarded with a three-year contract extension.

Bylsma took over as interim head coach on Feb. 15, 2009, with the team in 10th place in the Eastern Conference. He led the Penguins to an 18-3-4 record to close out the regular season, and they went on to beat the Detroit Red Wings to win the Stanley Cup.

This season might be Bylsma's toughest because injuries have decimated his roster. Captain Sidney Crosby is out indefinitely with a concussion, Evgeni Malkin is done for the season due to knee surgery, and Jordan Staal, Chris Kunitz, Mark Letestu and Brooks Orpik already have missed a combined 79 games.

"Dan has very quickly established himself as one of the best coaches in the National Hockey League," general manager Ray Shero said, according to the team's website. "He has been a perfect fit for our organization since day one, and we look forward to having him leading our team for the next three seasons.

"I think what we've been able to accomplish so far this season, even with players like Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and Jordan Staal out of the lineup for extended periods of time, is a testament to his coaching system, his adaptability, and his composure under pressure."

Bylsma, 40, has the highest winning percentage (.649, 104-52-19) of any coach in franchise history.

The Penguins are in fourth place in the Eastern Conference but trail the Atlantic Division leaders, the Philadelphia Flyers, by only two points.