Dan Bylsma, head coach of the Pittsburgh Penguins, has experienced a lot of success in the NHL. Among his many accomplishments, he led the Pens to a Stanley Cup Championship in 2009, won a Jack Adams trophy in 2011, and was the head coach of the USA Men’s Hockey Olympic team that placed 4th in 2014.
The Pittsburgh Penguins have been eliminated in the first two rounds of the playoffs once again, which will likely lead to the Pens front office relieving Dan Bylsma of his duties as head coach. If the Pittsburgh Penguins do make the big move, the Carolina Hurricanes should be in play for Bylsma.
Dan Bylsma knows how to deal with star players. He has successfully coached players like Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and Kris Letang to their full potential over the past few seasons. He has also coached players like James Neal, Matt Niskanen, Pascal Dupuis and Chris Kunitz to new levels that many people did not expect.
The Pittsburgh Penguins have reached 100+ point seasons in each of Bylsma’s seasons as head coach where the Pens played 82 games in a season. The two season he did not was 2009 and 2013.
Dan Bylsma took over the Pens with 25 games left in the regular season in 2009 and led them to a 18-3-4 record in the final 25 games of the regular season and a Stanley Cup. The 2013 was shortened to 48 games due to the lockout. He led the Pens to 36-12-0 record and the Eastern Conference regular season title.
If Dan Bylsma is fired in Pittsburgh, the Carolina Hurricanes should go after him. If fired, he will be the biggest name on the market for head coaches.