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Report: Pens to interview Crawford, Wilson for head coaching gig

Jun 17, 2014, 1:40 PM EDT

TSN’s Darren Dreger with the latest from Pittsburgh’s search for a new bench boss:

Wilson and Crawford have been out of the mix for a while — the former hasn’t worked since being fired by Toronto two years ago, the latter hasn’t since getting turfed by Dallas in 2011 — but both recently resurfaced as part of Florida’s head coaching search. Wilson interviewed with the Panthers but is reportedly no longer in consideration; Crawford spoke with GM Dale Tallon is well and believed to be one of the remaining five candidates.

As for other interviewees in Pittsburgh, only one has been identified by new GM Jim Rutherford thus far — AHL Wilkes-Barre/Scranton head coach John Hynes. Given he’s only been on the job for 11 days, it’s clear Rutherford’s head coach search is still something of a work in progress, which he explained to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette recently.

When he was hired June 6, Rutherford said he had two “short lists” — one bearing six names, the other three — of attractive candidates for the job, and reiterated Sunday that he believes Bylsma’s replacement will come from one of them.

“I’m still zeroing in on my original short list,” he said.

Still, Rutherford acknowledged that the pool of coaching candidates has expanded in the past week or so.

“My list of names has grown because I get more and more calls from associates who are recommending people or the coaches themselves contacting me,” he said.

As for timeline, Rutherford said he’d like to have a coach in place either prior to the 2014 NHL Entry Draft (June 27-28) or the start of free agency (July 1), but noted that he wouldn’t rush the hiring process just to have someone in place.

  1. oquintero99 - Jun 17, 2014 at 1:41 PM

    Wow. I definitely don’t like the Crawford choice. Ron Wilson could work out. I think the Baby Pens coach would bring a lot to the locker room.

    • c9castine - Jun 17, 2014 at 11:13 PM

      like what?

      i dont believe for a second that an AHL coach can come in and be impressive to a group of stanley cup winners and high paid stars.

      lets get serious here. the candyland BS gotta stop in pittsburgh.

      you really have nothing to base your opinions of those guys on do you?

  2. canucks30 - Jun 17, 2014 at 1:48 PM

    If you think Bylsma’s teams play loose and disorganized in their own end, wait until you see Marc Crawford.

    On the other hand, Crosby and Malkin could each put up 120+ pt seasons under Crawford (look at his work with Sakic/Forsberg and Naslund/Bertuzzi).

  3. adamal17 - Jun 17, 2014 at 3:26 PM

    Just think about Crawford and Bortuzzo…Whoops, Betruzzi i meant. see what I did there?

  4. raleighcaniac - Jun 17, 2014 at 4:00 PM

    Doesn’t Crawford still have legal issues with the Bertuzzi/Moore trial coming up in the next couple of months? If so, thats a major distraction to avoid.

  5. esracerx46 - Jun 17, 2014 at 6:15 PM

    Surprised Keenan’s name is being thrown around if Crawford’s is.

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