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The Hockey News tabs Bylsma as best potential replacement coach

Sep 1, 2014, 11:00 PM EDT

Dan Bylsma AP

The bad news for former Pittsburgh Penguins head coach Dan Bylsma is that he found himself without a job once the smoke cleared from the NHL coaching carousel.

The good news is that he’s still getting paid in the meantime and that he’s one firing away from potentially finding himself in a fantastic situation. Of course, that hypothetical franchise would need to have mutual interest, but it’s easy to picture Bylsma replacing any number of head coaches who may head into 2014-15 on the hot seat.

(Imagine, for a moment, Bylsma sporting those glasses of his in Brooklyn during the 2015-16 season …)

It’s no surprise that The Hockey News tabbed him as the No. 1 choice in its top five “replacement” coaches list. Here’s the entry:

1. Dan Bylsma
Fired by the Penguins after another disappointing playoff result, it’s only a matter of time before Bylsma finds his next job. He was in the running for a few jobs this past summer (Florida, Vancouver) but he can afford to wait for the perfect fit. He’s won a Stanley Cup and coached USA at the Olympics last winter, but has come under fire for his tactics and lack of in-game adjustments. Any team that fires its coach mid-season will have a long look at Bylsma.

One might downgrade Byslma’s accomplishments in Pittsburgh thanks to the presence of Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin, yet that disregards the fact that one (or both) of those players missed significant chunks of time nearly every year he was behind the Penguins’ bench. The team also shook off injuries to valuable players like Kris Letang and consistently ranked among the East’s most successful teams.

Sure, there have been playoff disappointments, but how many NHL teams have totally sidestepped such issues?

Yes, there’s the view that Bylsma’s coaching was Team USA’s downfall, and he did at least slightly luck-in to a roster strong enough to win a Stanley Cup, but there are few clearly superior choices among the unemployed (if nothing else).

There are some other interesting names on that list, including former Tampa Bay Lightning head coach Guy Boucher. (Pro: the scar would return; Con: the 1-3-1 might come back with it.) Check out the full post here.

  1. isithockeyseasonyet - Sep 1, 2014 at 11:36 PM

    *collective eye roll*

  2. endusersolutions2013 - Sep 2, 2014 at 12:32 AM

    The Olympics thing is a false issue. The Canadians were so clearly superior to everyone else going in (so as total points that season), that their top 10 rejects would have been immediately welcomed only other teams, if the rules permitted.

    USA only lost 1-0, but the gap in puck control/play dictation… was far more lopsided. I would not have mattered who coached team USA – Babcock et al selected a jaugernaut.

    Not saying anything else about Blysma, as I don’t follow EC teams.

    • letsgocaps88 - Sep 2, 2014 at 3:58 AM

      Felt bad for quick. He was amazing that game. If that back door feed didn’t happen, maybe usa would of got a bounce.

    • hockey412 - Sep 2, 2014 at 8:29 AM

      How about vs. Finland, though? US played relatively well vs. Canada, but you are right it was nowhere near as close as the score would make you think it was.

    • petersteelewannabe - Sep 2, 2014 at 10:57 AM

      Canada was clearly the best team, even with a inexplicable player like Kunitz on the team.

      • hockey412 - Sep 2, 2014 at 11:53 AM

        In retrospect, maybe it should have been Taylor Hall.

    • petersteelewannabe - Sep 2, 2014 at 11:00 AM

      Make that “despite having an inexplicably mediocre player like Kunitz on the team.”

      • c9castine - Sep 2, 2014 at 1:10 PM

        who inexplicably played first line duty with the captain while steamrolling international competition.


      • petersteelewannabe - Sep 2, 2014 at 4:00 PM

        “who inexplicably played first line duty with the captain”; EXACTLEY. Take Crosby away, and what have you got? A very average player. As for “steamrolling” other teams, get real. In 6 games he had no assists and only one goal (with less than eleven minutes left in a game that was already decided) WOW! Don’t be a delusional Penguin fan.

  3. vancouversportsbro - Sep 2, 2014 at 1:18 AM

    Hard to argue with that

  4. scout202sport - Sep 2, 2014 at 8:21 AM

    Look for Bylsma to be in San Joe either sometime this season or before the start of next season.

    • JoeAvg - Sep 2, 2014 at 9:55 AM

      He would love it there. He always talked about how much he liked the Sharks.

  5. xvaa1 - Sep 2, 2014 at 3:41 PM

    I believe it was dico Dan who benched the eventual Stanley cup champion Mr. Brown. Disco boy is a joke!

  6. blomfeld - Sep 3, 2014 at 12:09 AM


    Go take your ‘Isosceles Triangle’ and shove it eh ?

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