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Dan Bylsma | Winger

Team: Pittsburgh Penguins
Age / DOB:  (44) / 9/19/1970
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 215
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Dan Bylsma plans to work as a hockey analyst this season on television, a role he dabbled into during the Stanley Cup Final for the NHL Network.
Bylsma feels no rush to find another NHL coaching job, after all, he's only 43 and the Pens will be paying him around $4 million for the next two years. The 2011 Jack Adams award winner hasn't left coaching entirely, as he currently serves as an assistant coach for the Penguins U-15 youth team where his son plays. Once Bylsma is ready to re-enter the NHL coaching ranks, he says stability will be an important factor in determining his choice. Aug 24 - 5:36 PM
Source: Rob Rossi

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Dan Bylsma will likely not find a head coaching job in the NHL in time for the start of the 2014-15 season.

Bylsma was let go by the Penguins on June 6 and while the Panthers, Hurricanes and Canucks were all interested in his services, Florida and Carolina have recently inked new head coaches and Vancouver is on the verge of signing Willie Desjardins. The only team still looking is the Penguins so Bylsma will likely be considered when coaches start getting fired into the 2014-15 season.
Jun 22 - 8:48 AM

Dan Bylsma is among the finalists for the Florida Panthers' head coaching gig.

Ron Wilson, Gerard Gallant, Marc Crawford, Tom Renney, and Bill Peters are also still in the running. If Bylsma doesn't end up getting hired by the Panthers, there's still a good chance that the Carolina Hurricanes or Vancouver Canucks will hire him.
Jun 11 - 6:38 PM

The Florida Panthers are expected to meet with Dan Bylsma this week.

Bylsma was fired by the Pittsburgh Penguins on Friday. He has the experience that the Panthers crave, but it's not clear how much interest Bylsma has in the Panthers. The Vancouver Canucks and Carolina Hurricanes might also make a hard push to get him.
Jun 10 - 8:32 AM

Pittsburgh GM Jim Rutherford has a list of coaching candidates but the most important quality he is looking for in a coach is the ability to adjust during a game.

That seems to be a huge criticism of deposed coach Dan Bylsma who apparently could not or would not adapt to in game situations. "We're going to have to have a coach who can make the proper adjustments during a game, or during a certain period of time in the regular season, or during a playoff series," Rutherford said. "Obviously, the Penguins can score and they can go and they can score in bunches, but, based on looking at the Penguins from a distance, because that's where I was, I don't think they could make the proper adjustments against certain teams."
Jun 8 - 7:16 AM

The Vancouver Canucks appear to be interested in the services of former Pittsburgh coach Dan Bylsma.

"We've been in meetings all day, so we haven't had a chance to really sit down and talk about it," GM Jim Benning said Friday afternoon. "But he's an interesting name, for sure. We're going to wait until the NHL is done and the AHL is done. We're going to do our due diligence on this. We want to make sure we pick the right guy that's right for this group. So we're going to take our time and do the work. It has gone good so far and I expect it to keep going good." Bylsma's name could be in the mix alongside Los Angeles assistant John Stevens and Texas Stars coach Willie Desjardins.
Jun 7 - 5:02 PM

The Florida Panthers have reportedly already reached out to Dan Bylsma.

Bylsma was fired from his post as head coach of the Pittsburgh Penguins on Friday. Panthers GM Dale Tallon is interested in finding a bench boss with experience and Bylsma certainly qualifies. He's still just 43 years old, but he has already coached 400 NHL games (252-117-32) and 78 playoff contests (43-35). He's also won the Jack Adams Award and the Stanley Cup.
Jun 6 - 6:47 PM

The Pittsburgh Penguins have fired Dan Bylsma.

The Penguins were expected to let Bylsma go when they dismissed GM Ray Shero, but they decided to leave that decision up to the next general manager. They're about to name Jim Rutherford to that post and it looks like his first act as GM will be to fire the Penguins' bench boss. Bylsma led the Penguins to the Stanley Cup in his debut season, but they've failed to live up to expectations since then.
Jun 6 - 12:41 PM

The Pittsburgh Penguins have reportedly selected Jim Rutherford to serve as their new general manager.

Rutherford has roughly two decades worth of experience in that role with the Hartford Whalers/Carolina Hurricanes. If this report is true, then one of his first jobs will be deciding the fate of coach Dan Bylsma. The Penguins raised some eyebrows when they decided to fire then GM Ray Shero, but not Bylsma. However, the next GM will have the option of replacing the bench boss.
Jun 6 - 10:51 AM

Jim Rutherford refused to comment on the reports that he's in the running to become the Penguins' next general manager.

"I'm under contract with the Hurricanes, so that's the extent of it," Rutherford pointed out. He recently stepped aside as the Hurricanes' general manager, but he's still serving as the team president and has two years left on his contract. That being said, he previously hinted that he might eventually be open to leaving Carolina to pursue another GM job.
Jun 4 - 3:56 PM

Jim Rutherford is in the running for the Pittsburgh Penguins' general manager job.

Rutherford was the long-time general manager of the Carolina Hurricanes, but he recently stepped down from that post. NBC Sports' Pierre McGuire also told TSN 1050 that he has been in discussions with the Penguins' management.
Jun 3 - 2:20 PM

Agent Pat Brisson doesn't want to be the Penguins' next general manager.

Brisson represents Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin and has strong ties to the Penguins beyond that. However, if he became the team's general manager now, he would be leaving a lot of money on the table as two of his other big clients, Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane, are set to become unrestricted free agents next year. "Ron (Burkle), Mario (Lemieux) and I have been friends for a very long time," Brisson said of the Penguins' owners. "We've been linked to each other for many years and have exchanged ideas on many fronts and the business of hockey especially. They reached out on possible candidates for the vacant GM job on Friday. As for me, I am happy with what I do at CAA and will continue on the path of representing players."
May 19 - 12:19 PM

The Pittsburgh Penguins have announced the firing of GM Ray Shero.

Coach Dan Bylsma will stay on for now, although the next general manager will have the option of replacing him. Shero has been able to build a great offensive team around Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin, although they've been questionable defensively. Ultimately though, this comes down to results. If the Penguins won Game 7 against the New York Rangers, Shero might still have been the general manager of the Penguins in 2014-15.
May 16 - 11:44 AM

The Pittsburgh Penguins will reportedly fire GM Ray Shero and coach Dan Bylsma Friday morning.

The Penguins have a press conference set for 11:30 a.m. ET, so we'll know for certain then. Pittsburgh is looking to make changes after coming up short in the playoffs for five straight years.
May 16 - 9:45 AM

The Pittsburgh Penguins' ownership is reportedly in favor of firing head coach Dan Bylsma.

Penguins GM Ray Shero's future is a bit murkier still. The Penguins have made the playoffs in each of Bylsma's six seasons as head coach, but expectations for this team are sky high. After failing to win the Stanley Cup for five straight campaigns, the Penguins ownership group seems to be pushing for changes.
May 15 - 8:21 AM

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