Penguins hire Jacques Martin as senior adviser

Jacques Martin was named senior adviser of hockey operations for the Pittsburgh Penguins, the team announced Wednesday. Martin, 61, was an assistant last season on Dan Bylsma's coaching staff. Bylsma was fired after the season and replaced last month by Mike Johnston.
Via Pro Sports Daily
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Red Wings’ new assistant coach, head coach have mended fences

The Red Wings officially announced the hiring of new assistant coach Tony Granato just before noon today, and We All Bleed Redd on YouTube noted that the Wings' assistant coach and head coach introduced themselves some time ago, when Granato was an assistant coach in Colorado: Granato coached the Avs for two seasons, he's served as an assistant to Dan Bylsma in both...
Via Kukla's Korner
15 days ago  |  Discuss

Red Wings hire Tony Granato as assistant coach

The Detroit Red Wings today announced that they have hired Tony Granato as an assistant coach. Granato, 49, has served as an assistant coach for the Pittsburgh Penguins for the past five seasons (2009-14), guiding the team’s defense (2.49 goals against per game, 10th) and penalty killing (85.0 percent, fifth) to top-10 finishes in the NHL during the 2013-14 campaign. Granato also...
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15 days ago  |  Discuss

The Detroit Red Wings Make The Hiring Of Tony Granato Official

DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings today announced that they have hired Tony Granato as an assistant coach. Granato, 49, has served as an assistant coach for the Pittsburgh Penguins for the past five seasons (2009-14), guiding the team’s defense (2.49 goals against per game, 10th) and penalty killing (85.0 percent, fifth) to top-10 finishes in the NHL during the 2013-14 campaign...
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15 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Wings hire Tony Granato as assistant coach

The Red Wings have found one assistant coach but are still looking for another. According to TSN's Darren Dreger, Tony Granato will be on the bench alongside coach Mike Babcock this coming season.  Granato was most recently an assistant to Dan Bylsma in Pittsburgh, where he had been since 2009. In his 14-year NHL career, Granato had 248 goals and 244 assists in 773 games with...
Via Fox Sports Detroit
16 days ago  |  Discuss

Sidney Crosby: Pittsburgh Penguins Players Let Down Ray Shero, Dan Bylsma

The Pittsburgh Penguins will look different next year, not only on the ice but behind the bench and in the front office, too. Superstar center Sidney Crosby is partially to blame for those changes. That might seem unfair for a player who might win another Hart Trophy as the league’s MVP, but Crosby is the captain of a Penguins team that has failed to meet expectations in the past...
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June 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Not A Good Start For Jim Rutherford

from Ron Cook of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Right now, it appears as if Rutherford, 2½ weeks into the job, doesn't have a clue what he's doing. Even worse, it looks as if everyone in the team's management has no clue. It's stunning, the long, hard fall taken by the Penguins front office since it fired highly-regarded general manager Ray Shero May 16, sloppily...
Via Kukla's Korner
June 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Bylsma’s chances of starting 2014-15 as a head coach are dwindling

When the Pittsburgh Penguins fired Dan Bylsma it sent a wave through the coaching market, but as the waters calm it looks like every team that had a vacancy will pass on the former Stanley Cup and Jack Adams winner. The Carolina Hurricanes ultimately hired former Detroit Red Wings assistant coach Bill Peters while the Florida Panthers have announced that Montreal Canadiens assistant...
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June 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Lunch Break: Where’s the coach? w/ Paige Lewis

Dan Bylsma — penguins.nhl.com Joined by our good friend, Paige Lewis, we discuss the coaching searches throughout the National Hockey League and where each candidate may land. Tune in at NOON and subscribe to the show on iTunes. Twitter: @PensNation_Ken, @PaigeLewisFL
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June 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Bylsma interviews with Canucks as Stevens ruled out

Dan Bylsma has had his meeting with the Canucks regarding their vacant head-coaching position this week, but it appears another top candidate is out of the mix. Los Angeles assistant coach John Stevens had been speculated to be high on a Canucks’ list, but the Kings quashed that notion on Wednesday when they promoted him to associate coach under Darryl Sutter. While Bylsma has...
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June 19, 2014  |  Discuss

First seven candidates interview for Penguins coaching job

Jim Rutherford isn't easing himself into the Penguins' coaching search. He interviewed a total of seven candidates to replace Dan Bylsma Monday and Tuesday and has one name left in his list of possibilities. But even though that final candidate is supposed to meet with Rutherford and members of his staff today, that doesn't mean a hiring is imminent. "There are...
Via Pro Sports Daily
June 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Who will be the next Pittsburgh Penguins head coach?

Now that Jim Rutherford has taken over as General Manager of the Pittsburgh Penguins, there is one huge question that still looms: who will be brought in as the Penguins next head coach? GMJR has expressed that there is no rush to make the decision before the draft on June 27th, Rutherford did note that the new head coach will be announced prior to the start of free-agency on July...
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June 15, 2014  |  Discuss

A Few Hockey Topics

from Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe, - Had the Penguins done right by coach Dan Bylsma and fired him May 16, the same day they said goodbye to general manager Ray Shero, it’s possible the Capitals could have interviewed him to replace Adam Oates. Instead, Pittsburgh retained Bylsma until June 6. Owner Mario Lemieux didn’t think enough of Bylsma to let him coach another...
Via Kukla's Korner
June 15, 2014  |  Discuss

The Off-Season Plan For The Pittsburgh Penguins

from Scott Cullen of TSN, The Pittsburgh Penguins have made the playoffs for eight years running, but losing in Game Seven of the second round this year caused them to clean house, firing GM Ray Shero and head coach Dan Bylsma. Off-Season Game Plan looks at a Penguins team that has a new general manager, Jim Rutherford, and is still looking for a coach, but will surely expect...
Via Kukla's Korner
June 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Penguins: Separating Two Eras by @griffTHW

Most fans and pundits would likely describe the start to Pittsburgh's offseason as, at best, peculiar.  In firing Ray Shero and (temporarily) retaining Dan Bylsma, the club bucked a response that many assumed would be a foregone conclusion.As days turned to weeks without a G.M. in place, storm clouds darkened over an organization whose supporters grew more and more restless...
Via PensInitiative
June 12, 2014  |  Discuss

The Finalists For The Head Coaching Job In Florida

via TSN, Former Pittsburgh Penguins head coach Dan Bylsma is one of six finalists for the Florida Panthers head coaching vacancy. Panthers general manager Dale Tallon confirmed the list of finalists to TSN Hockey Insider Darren Dreger at the general manger meetings in New York on Wednesday. The other leading candidates are Ron Wilson, Canadiens' assistant Gerard...
Via Kukla's Korner
June 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Florida Panthers' head coaching search entering final stages

Aside from the Stanley Cup Final matchup between the New York Rangers and Los Angeles Kings, there have been few teams causing more commotion than the Florida Panthers as of late. In possession of this year's No. 1 overall draft pick, the Panthers will soon make their first big splash of the offseason as they prepare to name a new head coach. After having as many as 12 coaches...
Via Fox Sports Florida
June 11, 2014  |  Discuss

There's only one Black and Gold, dammit: Pens to reintroduce "Pittsburgh Gold" next season

The Pittsburgh Penguins are cleaning house up and down their organization. Coach Dan Bylsma? Fired. General manager Ray Shero? Fired. Roster moves? TBD.Add one more order of business to the to-do list for the Pens: change their jerseys.Bringing back the Gold: Pittsburgh will reintroduce the colors they stole from the B's, erm, I mean they borrowed from the Steelers and the Pirates...
Via BruinsLife
June 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Panthers will interview Dan Bylsma; Aaron Ekblad likely #1 overall pick

The Florida Sun-Sentinel's Harvey Filakov reports two important items regarding the Florida Panthers' coaching and draft plans. First, Filakov reports that the Panthers will interview former Penguins coach Dan Bylsma before circling back to a set of coaches who will speak with the Panthers' new ownership regarding their coaching philosophies... The Panthers coaching...
Via Kukla's Korner
June 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Report: Dan Bylsma Interested In Panthers Job, Will Meet With Team

Dan Bylsma spent the first part of his NHL coaching career in one America’s hockey-crazed markets. Now he might have interest in beginning the next chapter of his career in a place that seems to forget it even has a hockey team. Bylsma was fired by the Pittsburgh Penguins last week, but he’s not expected to be unemployed very long. The Sun Sentinel is reporting Bylsma and the...
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June 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Dan Bylsma will join NHL Network for the Finals

Don’t adjust your TV sets. Bylsma will join the coverage for Game 3. Dan Bylsma is joining NHL Network as Stanley Cup Final analyst — Rob Rossi (@RobRossi_Trib) June 9, 2014 This is a perfect job for Bylsma. Since the NHL network only airs one live show, and then just keeps replaying the same thing over and over.
Via The Pensblog
June 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Penguins Update: A Requiem for Dan and Ray

Somewhere Craig Patrick must be smiling. Not an arrogant, misery-loves-company sneer. More of a rueful, knowing grin. Aside from Mario Lemieux, no one did more to save the Pittsburgh Penguins than Patrick. He literally dragged the franchise from the gutter of mediocrity in the early 1990s and willed it onto a championship course. However, following several down years the Hall-of...
Via PenguinPoop
June 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Panthers reach out to ex-Pens coach Bylsma

The Panthers wasted little time in reaching out to ex-Penguins coach Dan Bylsma as part of their ongoing coaching search after newly hired Pittsburgh General Manager Jim Rutherford fired the 2011 Coach of the Year Friday morning. No definitive plans for an interview with Bylsma have been made, however, Panthers General Manager Dale Tallon called him shortly after he was let go to...
Via Pro Sports Daily
June 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Bylsma definitely on Benning’s coaching radar

Unless you’re his neighbour or co-worker, you probably haven’t seen Jim Benning around Vancouver since he was named the Canucks’ general manager two weeks ago. He has had a few things on his plate, which further overflowed Friday with the firing of Pittsburgh Penguins’ coach Dan Bylsma. And Benning’s workload will only increase as the June 27-28 entry draft approaches...
Via Pro Sports Daily
June 07, 2014  |  Discuss

New Penguins GM wants coach hired by July 1

Dan Bylsma owns the fourth-best winning percentage in NHL history. He no longer owns a job. Three weeks after former general manager Ray Shero was fired, Bylsma met the same fate, courtesy of new general manager Jim Rutherford and Penguins ownership. He formally was dismissed Friday for failing to duplicate his initial success that saw him lead the Penguins to a Stanley Cup in...
Via Pro Sports Daily
June 07, 2014  |  Discuss
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