Update, 12:57 p.m.:
#Pens GM Ray Shero announces team has signed head coach Dan Bylsma to a 2-year contract extension through the 2015-16 season.
— Pittsburgh Penguins (@penguins) June 12, 2013
Welp, scratch Bylsma off the list. Have to assume Sather was waiting on this before fully focusing on one candidate.
Many outlets have reported recently that Dan Bylsma's future with the Pittsburgh Penguins may be in doubt following the team's abysmal showing in the Eastern Conference finals against the Boston Bruins. To some degree, rightfully so. Bylsma has had the keys to the kingdom in terms of elite talent but hasn't won a Cup since 2009 — not exactly a fireable offense but as we know, it's much easier to fire one head coach than 22 hockey players. Regardless of your views about the Pens' head coach, his fate may be decided sooner rather than later.
The same outlets have reported that if Bylsma were to be let go, he'd become the most sought out candidate for a head coaching job, including one right here with the New York Rangers.
According to Rob Rossi of Trib Total Media, Penguins' owner Mario Lemeiux and GM Ray Shero spent all of yesterday discussing Bylsma's future with the organization. He's entering the final year of his contract and, according to Rossi, there were no plans of an extension as of Tuesday.
Some insight of Bylsma's tenure in the Steel City:
Since leading them to the Stanley Cup in 2009, Bylsma has steered the Penguins to only three playoff series victories and amassed a 20-21 postseason record.
Bylsma is the franchise leader in winning percentage and playoff victories — and a leading candidate to coach Team USA at the 2014 Winter Olympics.
Bylsma's fate may be decided at Shero's pre-planned 11 a.m. press conference this morning. It may have already been decided this morning. Either way, the hockey world will find out for sure in due time.
– Reading into it, I'd say there's a good chance Bylsma's job is hanging by a thread here. Lemeiux, who may be frustrated with his team's recent playoff performances, may want to go in a different direction whereas Shero, the man who hired Bylsma, might believe he deserves to stay.
– I'd have my eyes on that press conference today, if I were you.
– This is of keen interest for the Rangers, who I'm sure would love the opportunity to interview Bylsma. Say what you will about his shortcomings recently, he'd get a chance with an elite goalie and a good, young defense. Might just be what the team needs to get to the next level.
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