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Pittsburgh Penguins Fire Head Coach Dan Bylsma

In a headline filled day, the news continues as the Pittsburgh Penguins have, reportedly, fired head coach Dan Bylsma after coaching the team for five and a half seasons.

After a very disappointing playoff run which ended with being eliminated by the New York Rangers in the second round, it became apparent that Dan Bylsma would be fired, and that is what happened today.

Dan Bylsma led the Pittsburgh Penguins to a Stanley Cup in the 2009-2009 season. The Pens eliminated the Carolina Hurricanes in the Eastern Conference Final prior to winning it all that season.

In 401 regular season games with the Pittsburgh Penguins, Dan Bylsma went 252-117-32. His playoffs record was 43-35 with Pittsburgh.

It was reported earlier today, after Jim Rutherford was hired, that Dan Bylsma was likely going to be canned. It was apparent that Dan Bylsma was not Jim Rutherford’s choice for head coach, and now we know that is true.

Dan Bylsma was expected to be fired along with Ray Shero back in mid-May, but it was just GM Ray Shero who was shown the door. Now that Jim Rutherford has made the decision to get rid of Dan Bylsma, “Disco Dan” is now the biggest name head coach available.

He joins the likes of Kevin Dineen, Ulf Samuelsson, John Tortorella, and Jacques Martin amongst others who are relevant names in the head coach market.

The Carolina Hurricanes should be interested in Dan Bylsma, and right now, I think that the Carolina Hurricanes are a favorite to land him, if that is the direction that Ron Francis Wants to go.

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