The Vancouver Canucks have included Dan Bylsma in the list of candidates to replace former coach John Tortorella according to the Vancouver Sun.
After being fired from the Pittsburgh Penguins last week, and rumors are circulating as to where he goes from here. Canucks general manager confirmed that Bylsma is on their radar, stating, ““We’ve been in meetings all day, so we haven’t had a chance to really sit down and talk about it. But Bylsma is an interesting name, for sure.”
Benning also stated that a new coach won’t be brought on until after the Stanley Cup Final and the Calder Cup Finals. Other candidates for the job include Los Angeles Kings assistant coach John Stevens and Texas Stars coach Willie Desjardins.
“We’re going to wait until the NHL is done and the AHL is done. We’re going to do our due diligence on this,” Benning said. “We want to make sure we pick the right guy that’s right for this group. So we’re going to take our time and do the work. It has gone good so far and I expect it to keep going good.”
While with the Penguins, Bylsma won more games than any other coach in history. He had a 252-117-32 in 401 regular season games over the course of six seasons. Bylsma also won the Jack Adams Award as the NHL’s best coach in 2011.
There are rumors that the Florida Panthers are also interested in Bylsma after Peter Horachek was let go last season. The only other NHL team currently without a coach are the Carolina Hurricanes.