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 coach Gerard Gallant will serve as their next bench boss. That just leaves the Vancouver Canucks, who seems likely to hire Willie Desjardins after he reportedly turned down Bylsma’s old job.
So unless a new vacancy presents itself — and at this point that’s very unlikely — it looks like Bylsma will probably be unemployed going into the 2014-15 campaign. That’s not a horrible scenario for him though and he’ll be a top candidate to serve as a in-season replacement for any squad that fires their coach at that point. That’s how he got his big break in the first place and it was as an in-season replacement that he won the Stanley Cup with Pittsburgh in 2009.
When he does eventually find a new employer, he will bring 400 games worth of NHL head coaching experience to the table. Among bench bosses that have overseen at least that many games, he ranks first all-time with a .670 points percentage in the regular season.
It’s been getting that spotlight since the Columbus Blue Jackets faced off against the Pittsburgh Penguins in a brisk playoff series, though it wouldn’t be surprising if the bad blood stemmed to Dubinsky’s days with New York.
To some, Dubinsky’s cross-check on Crosby will resonate far more than the end result of this game:
The bottom line is that he’ll get the last laugh, at least for now. (In-game, that moment merely drew a minor penalty.)
That’s because Dubinsky set up the overtime game-winner, and the cherry on the top of that spite sundae came with Crosby being on the ice when it happened:
They’re not just rubbing the Penguins the wrong way.
Cheap shot on a superstar, a little uncalled goalie interference and presto – Blue Jackets win!
The Buffalo Sabres probably deserved better during at least some chunks of their six-game skid, yet Jack Eichel swooped in on Friday to remind fans that there’s a light shining at the end of the tunnel.
You can watch his goal from tonight’s eventual 4-1 win against the Carolina Hurricanes in the video above.
That’s not necessarily the absolute height of his on-ice magic, yet it clearly gave his team a lift:
Coach Bylsma: Feel like after Jack's goal, the game changed for us. #gamechanger