Ex-Penguins coach Dan Bylsma to meet with Panthers

Fitzgerald Cecilio – 4E Sports Reporter

New York, NY, United States (4E Sports) – Former Pittsburgh Penguins mentor Dan Bylsma is scheduled to meet with the Florida Panthers regarding their head coaching vacancy.

The meeting will happen in New York where Bylsma is working with the NHL Network as a guest analyst during the Stanley Cup Final.

Aside from Bylsma, the Panthers are eyeing five other candidates, namely Ron Wilson, Montreal Canadiens assistant Gerard Gallant, Marc Crawford and Detroit Red Wings assistants Tom Renney and Bill Peters.

All five have met with or spoke to general manager Dale Tallon, and will sit with Panthers owner Vincent Viola, vice chairman Douglas Cifu and CEO and President Rory Babich.

Bylsma, also a potential candidate for the open Vancouver Canucks coaching position, is the winningest coach in Penguins history.

He had a 252-117-32 record in parts of six seasons, won the Jack Adams Award as the NHL’s best coach in 2011 and the Penguins never finished lower than second in their division during his tenure.

Although Bylsma is 43-35 in 78 Stanley Cup Playoff games, he’s 27-27 since winning the Stanley Cup in 2009. Pittsburgh was eliminated from the 2014 postseason by the New York Rangers in the Eastern Conference Second Round, losing Game 7 at home after leading the series 3-1.

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