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Report: Panthers cut list of coaching candidates to five

Jun 13, 2014, 3:40 PM EDT

Dale Tallon AP

The Florida Panthers appear to be closing in on a successful candidate to be their new head coach.

According to a Twitter report from George Richards of the Miami Herald, the Panthers have cut the list of coaching candidates down to five, and an official announcement should come no later than Monday.

The reports of candidates who have been interviewed have been plentiful in recent weeks. Former Pittsburgh Penguins bench boss Dan Bylsma seems to be garnering the most attention, after it was reported that he had an interview for the job earlier this week.

According to a report from NHL.com, other candidates included: Ron Wilson, Marc Crawford, Gerard Gallant and Bill Peters, with a mention that Tom Renney had also interviewed for the position.

Panthers general manager Dale Tallon wasted no time in contacting Bylsma after he was fired by the Penguins earlier this month. According to a report at the time from the Sun Sentinel, Tallon contacted Bylsma the same day he was let go from Pittsburgh, where he won a Stanley Cup as a head coach in 2009.

  1. greatmiamisportsmind - Jun 13, 2014 at 4:46 PM

    I hope it’s Bylesma. It doesn’t matter the talent you have on your team (just ask San Jose), you don’t win a Stanley Cup, get to the Finals the previous year before that, and coach 2 Olympic teams on accident. It would be an awesome hire

  2. pdmjr - Jun 13, 2014 at 4:52 PM

    He took Theriens team to the finals and won. He coached the Olympics one time and didn’t medal.

    In the five years since winning the cup his team lost to lower seeds each time. Blowing 3-1 leads at least twice. The man is a regular season coach who stinks in the playoffs when it really counts.

    He has a high opinion of himself and for that and the fact that he will be paid two more seasons by Pittsburgh is why he will not accept the Florida job

    • greatmiamisportsmind - Jun 13, 2014 at 5:17 PM

      I believe he was an assistant on the 2010 team that lost in overtime. It isn’t his fault that his goaltender wets the bed every spring. That is something Shero should have fixed.

      He is the odds on favorite to land the job down here.

      Also having won the Jack Adams Award must mean he really sucks at coaching too right?

    • jernster21 - Jun 13, 2014 at 6:35 PM

      Yeah, Therrien’s team that probably wasn’t going to even make the playoffs without a coaching change. You can say it was his team all you want, but he wasn’t the one behind the bench when they lifted the cup.

  3. cliffatola - Jun 13, 2014 at 10:16 PM

    It is about time someone interviewed Marc Crawford for an NHL job.

  4. J.M. Garlock - Jun 14, 2014 at 10:07 AM

    Cons: Panthers are a coaching graveyard. Arena half empty most of the time in spite of every imaginable promotion under the sun created to try & bolster attendance.
    Pros: FL has no state income tax, weather is nice, beautiful houses available at affordable prices, expectations are zero, team won’t make playoffs which leaves more time for family/golf, recreation.

  5. quips007quips007 - Jun 15, 2014 at 12:40 AM

    Bylsma won with tons of talent….We may see what he can do with NO talent….

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