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Report: Poile, Bylsma to play big roles for Team USA

Jun 28, 2013, 8:02 AM EDT

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Team USA will officially announce their 2014 Olympic staff tomorrow, but a USA Today report has already surfaced about their selections.

Nashville Predators GM David Poile has reportedly been tapped to be the team’s general manager and Pittsburgh Penguins GM Ray Shero will serve as his assistant.

Shero won’t be the only key member of the Pittsburgh Penguins helping America on its quest to win a gold medal. Penguins coach Dan Bylsma is expected to be named as the United States’ bench boss.

Bylsma beat out John Tortorella for the gig and the reason for that might not be entirely related to their respective abilities behind the bench. Per Kevin Allen of the USA Today:

Tortorella damaged his public image this season with hostile news conferences while with the New York Rangers and a cursing incident during an NBC interview. It had to make him a less attractive candidate. One reason why the NHL allows it players and coaches to go the Olympics is to help grow the game. Tortorella’s behavior this season didn’t help him.

Meanwhile, Brian Burke will still be involved with the team, even if he will reportedly not retain his 2010 job as the general manager. The Anaheim Ducks consultant will serve as Team USA’s director of player development.

  1. jonkchar - Jun 28, 2013 at 8:18 AM

    Burke put together a great squad in 2010 and would have welcomed him back. that being said, that good medal game was the most devastating loss I’ve ever experienced as a fan!

  2. steelers88 - Jun 28, 2013 at 8:21 AM

    I’m not sure Dan Byslma is the head coach you want for a tournament for a olympic gold medal.

    • steelpenbucs87 - Jun 28, 2013 at 8:57 AM

      I think he’ll do alright. I certainly don’t think Torts was going to be a better option.

      I’m actually really interested to see what his scheme looks like with a completely different set of players. Besides Orpik (and that’s pretty iffy) there probably won’t be a single Pen on the US squad. I think he may scrap the stretch-pass neutral zone play that he’s come to be known for in Pittsburgh and go with something completely different for the Olympics.

      If nothing else, he’ll have Jonathan Quick in net rather than MAF so…….

      • steelers88 - Jun 28, 2013 at 9:42 AM

        True having a good goalie could help. I’m just hoping that if he wins a gold medal that he might reconsider his system in Pittsburgh. His system is not working with the Penguins some of it is on the players but if your system isn’t working for 4 straight years in the playoffs you have to think about changing your system.

  3. c1md6 - Jun 28, 2013 at 8:29 AM

    So Brian Burke, the man who challenged a former GM (Kevin Lowe) to a fist fight in a barn is all good but tortorella says a bad word and is abolished from ever coaching in the Olympics, yeah that makes perfect sense. Also, glad I got my Pittsburgh Penguin morning update, not sure what I’d do without another article involving the Pens, Pierre McGuire must of wrote a letter asking for more updates.

  4. yougotgirouxed - Jun 28, 2013 at 8:56 AM

    It’s going to take me a while to get the fact that Dan Bylsma is an a$$hole. But if hes the HC I will cheer him on like crazy for exactly the duration of Sochi. And I will despise G for just as long.

    • pens5829 - Jun 28, 2013 at 12:17 PM

      Dan Byslma an a$$hole? That coming from a Cryer fan?

  5. pdmjr - Jun 28, 2013 at 9:38 AM

    Bylsma is a great coach especially with his system on an international sized rink

  6. hockeyfan1701 - Jun 28, 2013 at 11:24 AM

    USA Hockey could take a genetic sample from every great hockey mind and player that ever lived and create “Super Hockey Men” to coach and GM this team and the people who write in this forum would still yell and complain and make childish comments about the coach and GM.

  7. rehmer2389 - Jun 28, 2013 at 1:51 PM

    Alright Byslma is coach! Are we going to play forwards at all positions then?

  8. fabdeezy77 - Jun 28, 2013 at 2:18 PM

    Hopefully this isn’t true. Dan has all the talent in the world, but hasn’t done well past 4 season. But I will still root for team USA!

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