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.no comments