February 28, 2013; Raleigh, NC, USA; Pittsburgh Penguins coach Dan Bylsma looks on during the 2nd period at the PNC center. The Hurricanes defeated the Penguins 4-1. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports

Carolina Hurricanes and Florida Panthers Offered Dan Bylsma Head Coaching Jobs

Dan Bylsma is currently unemployed. After being fired by the Pittsburgh Penguins and new General Manager Jim Rutherford on June 6, Bylsma went out looking for a job, but he did not find one this summer.

The Carolina Hurricanes and Florida Panthers were two teams that entered the offseason with serious questions surrounding their coaching staff.

The Hurricanes fired head coach Kirk Muller on May 5 following yet another disappointing, postseason-less season in Raleigh. The club hired Bill Peters on June 19.

The Panthers fired interim head coach Peter Horachek on April 29 and hired new head coach Gerard Gallant on June 21.

Per reports, both the Florida Panthers and Carolina Hurricanes offered Dan Bylsma head coaching positions.

Dejan Jovacevic of DKonPittsburghSports.com initially reported the news, and Ron Wilson of HockeyBuzz passed along the news on Friday.

We already knew that the Florida Panthers had a lot of interest in the former head coach of the Pittsburgh Penguins, but those talks between Florida and Bylsma fell apart last second. Many people said that money was the issue between the two parties, but others say that money was just the scapegoat.

Up to this point, there hadn’t been much showing interest between the Carolina Hurricanes and Dan Bylsma. There hasn’t been any reports as to why the talks between the Hurricanes and Bylsma fell through.

Dan Bylsma is still unemployed, but don’t expect that to last much longer as he will likely be a good head coach candidate for a team that makes an early-season head coach firing.

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