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Canucks GM Benning says Bylsma is ‘an interesting name’ out there

Jun 7, 2014, 10:55 AM EDT

Dan Bylsma AP

Former Pittsburgh Penguins coach Dan Bylsma has been without a job for almost a full day and his list of suitors continues to grow.

You can add Vancouver Canucks General Manager Jim Benning to the list of people taking a shine to Bylsma. As Iain MacIntyre of the Vancouver Sun shares, he has his hands full getting settled into his own new job but Disco Dan is on his radar.

“We’ve been in meetings all day, so we haven’t had a chance to really sit down and talk about it,” Benning said Friday afternoon of Bylsma’s sudden availability. “But he’s an interesting name, for sure.”

The Canucks have been in search of a new coach since they fired John Tortorella following the season. After such a poor and disappointing season, they’re in need of a new and better direction. Bylsma suddenly being available changes things up.

It was believed Willie Desjardins, head coach of the AHL Texas Stars, was one of the leading candidates for the Canucks job, but the Stars are in the Calder Cup Finals so he hasn’t been available to interview. Now with Bylsma available and Florida Panthers GM Dale Tallon already taking a shine to him, the Canucks may be pressed for time to make a decision.

  1. sixchr - Jun 7, 2014 at 11:05 AM

    I can’t say I’m the biggest fan of Bylsma but I feel like he would be a real good fit in Vancouver.

  2. joey4id - Jun 7, 2014 at 11:23 AM

    The Vancouver squad really can use a coach that is the polar opposite of Torts. These boys were completely ill used and ill treated last year. Whoever is hired will have to clean up the mess left behind by his predecessor like AV did in NY. Bylsma would be a good fit, but it shouldn’t be a 5 year contract. Give him three years and extend it if he earns it.

    • hockeyflow33 - Jun 7, 2014 at 4:39 PM

      Ugh, I’m already sick of this and it’s the second time I’ve seen it. We get it, you don’t like him but this is a message board. Move on like the rest of us have.

    • c9castine - Jun 7, 2014 at 5:42 PM

      doubt many people will disagree with you here but ignoring him is a better course of action.

      most of us have learned to either ignore him or laugh at him by now.

    • flowerdew - Jun 7, 2014 at 5:47 PM

      Posting this after every comment by him is going to turn public opinion in his favor pretty fast, just warning you. We just want to talk hockey, and this kind of thing makes you look like the the disruptive one, which I don’t think is what you’re going for.

  3. gbart22 - Jun 7, 2014 at 11:34 AM

    I like bylsma he’s done nothing but win and has a Stanley cup to boot. People want to credit the players he coached but he also coaches the pens to division titles when those same players were out with injuries for massive amounts of time. I think Vancouver is a good fit for him with those veterans and if they get the goalie situation worked out could be serious contenders again quickly. But any team he goes to will be good for him. If the pens fail to win the cup the next 3-4 years which is likely in all honesty pens fans will be waxing poetic about the days with bylsma

  4. clayman61 - Jun 7, 2014 at 11:36 AM

    I hope he goes to the Canucks as I think he’d be a good fit..

    I wonder why with all these coaching opportunities you never hear Torts name come up? lol.. I wonder what he has planned for this next year?

    • hockeyflow33 - Jun 7, 2014 at 4:39 PM

      I’d like to see him go around coaching peewee teams haha

  5. canucks30 - Jun 7, 2014 at 11:38 AM

    John Stevens

  6. phillyphanatic77 - Jun 7, 2014 at 12:44 PM

    Vancouver is the best place for Bylsma (right now) to succeed. His system would fit like a glove. But, personally, if I were Bylsma I’d go to Florida. I know it sounds stupid but think about it… he would give the team instant credibility that none of the other first time hires (made by Tallon) could. And that could entice a few free agents that wouldn’t otherwise look at the Panthers. Players probably wanna play for a guy with a Cup ring who’s coached the best in the world (plus live in FLA). The Panthers have a boatload of top level prospects, some young potential stars already in the NHL, the 1st overall pick (could be flipped for another difference maker), and a TON of cap space. Sure it could be career suicide but honestly so could the Canucks job. I mean Benning wants it sound like it’s gonna be a quick fix, but unless all the aging vets turn it around there’s no renaissance. And there’s no #1 goalie, no ready difference makers in the pipeline, and way too many NTCs/NMCs.

    Vancouver is the more high profile gig, Florida has a higher ceiling. It’ll be interesting to see what unfolds. Or maybe he just takes a year off, IDK.

    • hockeyflow33 - Jun 7, 2014 at 4:42 PM

      Year round golf and no income tax can’t hurt either.

    • c9castine - Jun 7, 2014 at 5:47 PM

      i think that your much more on track than most other people. i would say chances are greatest he takes the year off, followed by a Florida-like move.

      I think vancouver has a greater chance of being career suicide than anything, although its too early in his career for that really. but look at what happened to Torts. vancouver is not exactly well built team right now. it helps Gillis is gone, but that was a tough team to walk into. Im not saying they are a disaster but obviously, they missed the playoffs. Torts may never be a head coach in this league again. Then again, he may not want to.

      If Bylsma went there and didn’t succeed right away, the perception alone could really hurt him even though, in my opinion, with that lineup or one close to it, in the west the Canucks will have a tough time making the playoffs no matter who is the coach.

      Florida on the other hand….they are slowly building a very young skilled team and now they have Luongo in net. That could be a perfect situation for a high speed, skill oriented player’s coach like Bylsma.

  7. 950003cups - Jun 7, 2014 at 1:10 PM

    Forget Bylsma. He was useless with his stacked superstar roster. His next roster will be inferior. Don’t expect more. He totally choked in the Olympics and definitely had a large voice in the suspect players selected.

    • c9castine - Jun 7, 2014 at 5:48 PM


      he won a stanley cup. if thats useless the list of useful coaches is ridiculously short.

      • notan9ner - Jun 9, 2014 at 12:18 PM

        Won Stanley Cup Final (4-3) versus Detroit Red Wings
        Won Conference Finals (4-0) versus Carolina Hurricanes
        Won Conference Semi-Finals (4-3) versus Washington Capitals
        Won Conference Quarter-Finals (4-2) versus Philadelphia Flyers

        i could have cached that team to win the cup that year…..

      • c9castine - Jun 9, 2014 at 12:39 PM

        not to sure what your trying to say there other than pointing out the cup win series by series.

        besides, it’d help if your going to be a smartas if you spell the one key word in your sentence right.

  8. steelcity333 - Jun 7, 2014 at 4:26 PM

    No doubt in my mind Bylsma will be coaching somewhere this year. As a Penguins fan I really hope he succeeds wherever he goes. He was a class act here.

    • c9castine - Jun 7, 2014 at 5:49 PM

      i second that.

  9. pr0jecktpat - Jun 7, 2014 at 5:30 PM

    If he wants to win now he goes to the Canucks. They were abysmal last season, but everyone knows all the problems they have at this point so no need to get in to it. They are still a “good” team, and by far the best team (right now) out of the remaining teams that need coaches.

    If he is interested in a long term deal then he should go with Florida, market sucks, but they have some decent good young guys, and apparently an owner that says he will commit to spending money on the team. If they team leaves Florida for a larger market while he is still on a contract with the team then even better.

    TL;DR Canucks if he wants to win now, Panthers if he wants to win eventually.

  10. canada2014gold - Jun 8, 2014 at 2:06 PM

    An uptempo coach will help but why would he want to go to a rebuild? The Canucks just seem like a team looking to compete while re-building. I am not sure Dan wants to go to that, most coaches don’t make it through the rebuild because there is always discrepancy’s in managements idea of when the team is ready to take the next step.

  11. hockeyfan91 - Jun 8, 2014 at 8:49 PM

    I think Bylsma would be a great fit for the Panthers, but he would struggle in Vancouver. Dan is a great coach at developing players and using a system. That is what Florida needs right now.
    Dan’s problem is when the players are pretty much “developed” and his team is at or near the top of their game. Bylsma is too committed to his systems to make adjustments that are necessary to win games and series in the playoffs. Anyone who followed the Penguins for the last several years could see that he was outcoached in every play-off series since winning the cup in 2009.

  12. notan9ner - Jun 9, 2014 at 12:11 PM

    We dont want him in van.

    simple as that.

    kids a joke he cant coach a cup caliber team, or an olympic team with a gold medal roster.

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