Pittsburgh Penguins head coach Dan Bylsma was fired on Thursday, on the day the team announced Jim Rutherford as its new general manager.
TVA’s Louis Jean, who reported the firing, had an indication from his sources that Bylsma was not Rutherford’s choice for head coach.
“What ownership wants here is a complete change in direction,” Rutherford said. “We met with Dan this morning. The timing for him is good because there’s coaching vacancies. It’s not going to be long until he coaches again in the league.”
Bylsma had a 252-117-32 record as head coach of the Penguins, winning the Stanley Cup in 2009 after he replaced Michel Therrien and the Jack Adams Award in 2011. The Penguins made the playoffs in each of these six seasons, but only advanced to the conference final once after winning the Cup. Their seven-game defeat to the New York Rangers ended GM Ray Shero’s term with the team; now it’s claimed Bylsma as well.
It didn’t at first, however. Bylsma was retained when Shero was fired. “Read More »from Dan Bylsma fired by Pittsburgh Penguins and new GM Jim Rutherford