Sharks get permission to interview Bylsma

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The list of candidates being considered for the Sharks’ vacant head coaching job has expanded to include Dan Bylsma. San Jose has gotten permission to interview him, per ESPN’s Craig Custance.

Bylsma had a 252-117-32 regular season record with the Pittsburgh Penguins and led them to a Stanley Cup championship in his first campaign as their bench boss. At the same time, the Penguins struggled to live up to that standard their subsequent playoff runs, which might be of particular note to San Jose given the franchise’s reputation for underperforming in the postseason.

San Jose also appears to be considering Pete DeBoer for the gig and has reportedly expressed an interest in Mike Babcock as well.

Whoever the Sharks end up with will be replacing Todd McLellan, who appears to be on the verge of signing with Edmonton.

San Jose missed the playoffs in 2014-15 for the first time since 2003. Since the organization’s debut in 1991, San Jose has only failed to advance to the postseason in six campaigns, but has never reached the Stanley Cup Final.

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