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Dan Bylsma | Center

Team: Buffalo Sabres
Age / DOB:  (44) / 9/19/1970
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 215

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Dan Bylsma has been named the new head coach of the Buffalo Sabres.
The Penguins will get a 2016 third-round draft pick, which originally belonged to the New York Islanders or Vancouver Canucks, from Buffalo as compensation. It's reportedly a five-year contract. Bylsma spent five-plus seasons in Pittsburgh, where he racked up a franchise-best 252 wins and captured the Jack Adams Award in 2011. May 28 - 3:57 PM

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Dan Bylsma and the Buffalo Sabres reportedly have an agreement in place.

According to the Associated Press, the two sides are still working out the compensation that the Pittsburgh Penguins will receive so that the Sabres can name Bylsma their next head coach. Buffalo met with Bylsma for a second straight day Thursday after losing out on Mike Babcock.
May 28 - 3:07 PM

Former Penguins head coach Dan Bylsma has reportedly interviewed for the Buffalo Sabres vacant head coaching job.

Bylsma met with Sabres owners Terry Pegula, Kim Pegula and G.M. Tim Murray as reported by the Associated Press. Bylsma, 44, went 252-117-32 in 401 regular-season games with the Penguins and 43-45 in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. He won the Stanley Cup in 2009 and the Jack Adams Award in 2011, and coached Pittsburgh to four 100-point seasons, finishing no worse than second in its division before getting fired following the 2013-14 season.
May 28 - 12:28 AM

The New Jersey Devils have reportedly requested permission to speak with Dan Bylsma.

If the Devils hire Bylsma, it would be a reunion of him and general manager Ray Shero, who were both fired by the Pittsburgh Penguins following the 2013-14 campaign. After taking New Jersey's GM job, Shero praised Bylsma, but emphasized that there's no guarantee that he'll end up hiring the former Penguins bench boss. Bylsma has also been linked to the San Jose Sharks and Buffalo Sabres.
May 25 - 1:19 PM

According to Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman, Dan Bylsma will meet with the Sabres this week.

As Friedman notes, Bylsma was the assistant coach for Team USA at the world championships, so he coached Jack Eichel, who will likely be selected by Buffalo with the second pick in the NHL draft. Bylsma sports a 252-117-32 record in five-plus seasons as an NHL coach, all with the Penguins. He did not coach last season.
May 23 - 11:19 PM

The Buffalo Sabres have reportedly been granted permission to speak to Dan Bylsma.

Buffalo was close to landing Mike Babcock, but he ended up choosing the Toronto Maple Leafs instead. Now, the Sabres have to look elsewhere to fill their vacant head coaching position. Luke Richardson is also believed to be a contender for the job.
May 21 - 3:56 PM

The San Jose Sharks have permission to speak to Dan Bylsma.

Bylsma has plenty of competition for the Sharks' head coaching gig, including Pete DeBoer and Mike Babcock, although in Babcock's case, it sounds like he probably won't be choosing San Jose. Bylsma is a Stanley Cup champion, but in his final years with Pittsburgh, the common criticism was that they would underperform in the playoffs. Given San Jose's history of postseason problems, Bylsma would be an interesting choice.
May 19 - 1:05 PM

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.
Source: Rob Rossi
Sun, Aug 24, 2014 05:36:00 PM

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.
Sun, Jun 22, 2014 08:48:00 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.
Wed, Jun 11, 2014 06:38:00 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.
Tue, Jun 10, 2014 08:32:00 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."
Sun, Jun 8, 2014 07:16:00 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.
Sat, Jun 7, 2014 05:02:00 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.
Fri, Jun 6, 2014 06:47:00 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.
Fri, Jun 6, 2014 12:41:00 PM

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