Audio: Crosby denies disconnect with Bylsma

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The day after a Pittsburgh newspaper reported this…

Crosby and Malkin grew disenchanted with perceived harsh criticism they received from Bylsma during meetings, the sources said. They and other veteran players were unhappy with Bylsma’s numerous meetings and long practices and the decreasing sense of fun within the Penguins’ environment, the sources said.

Ownership believed Bylsma lost the dressing room this season, specifically the support of Crosby and Malkin, the sources said.

…Sidney Crosby denied there was any sort of “disconnect” between Penguins coach Dan Bylsma and his players.

Have a listen:

Despite the denial, when asked if he thought a coaching change was necessary, Crosby would only say, “I think that’s for other people to decide.”

The consensus is that Bylsma will not be back next season.

Related: Report: Pens ownership wants Bylsma fired; maybe Shero, too