Ex-Penguins coach Bylsma in Canucks' sights?

Pittsburgh Penguins head coach Dan Bylsma talks to referee Eric Furlatt against the New York...

Pittsburgh Penguins head coach Dan Bylsma talks to referee Eric Furlatt against the New York Rangers during Game 2 of their Eastern Conference semifinal series at the Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh, May 4, 2014. (CHARLES LeCLAIRE/USA Today)

Mike Zeisberger, Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 11:26 PM ET

Goodbye Sidney, hello Sedins?

Now that Dan Bylsma is on the job market after being relieved of his duties by incoming Pittsburgh Penguins GM Jim Rutherford on Friday, how long before teams like the Vancouver Canucks, Florida Panthers and Carolina Hurricanes start looking into his availability?

Within hours of Bylsma’s dismissal, there already was a suggestion from the Vancouver Province that Bylsma had moved to the front of the pack among candidates for the Canucks coaching vacancy. Up until this point, it had been believed that Texas Stars coach Willie Desjardins and, perhaps, former Vancouver coach Marc Crawford, might be leading the charge for the post as Vancouver bench boss, a pecking order that seems to have been sent topsy-turvey once Bylsma became a free agent.

If Bylsma is patient enough to oversee a rebuild, maybe the Panthers job would be attractive. Keep in mind that he and Florida GM Dale Tallon worked together as part of the U.S. Olympic team program.


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