The Florida Panthers look to be meeting with Dan Bylsma sometime this week to discuss him joining the franchise as the new coach.
Panthers source tells Sun Sentinel that Dan Bylsma is interested and will meet with braintrust in Sfla Tues or Wednesday #flapanthers
— Harvey Fialkov (@hfialkov) June 9, 2014
Panthers general manager Dale Tallon stated that he has already spoken with Bylsma prior to the above tweet being released. The search has been ongoing for the Panthers since the end of the 2013-14 campaign when interim coach Peter Horachek was fired after going 26-36-4 in 66 games. Horachek had taken over for former coach Kevin Dineen who had been fired 16 games into the season.
Other candidates for the position include Ron Wilson, Gerrard Gallant, Marc Crawford, Tom Renney and Bill Peters.
At the top of his list of qualifications for a potential head coach is experience, as the past three had never been a head coach in the NHL prior to taking the position with the Panthers.
There has been some brief business relationships between Tallon and Bylsma in the past. The two were involved with Team USA at the 2014 Olympics with Bylsma as the coach and Tallon on the management staff.
The Vancouver Canucks and the Carolina Hurricanes are also looking for a new head coach; both of which may think of Bylsma as an attractive potential new coach.
Tallon has a lot on his plate at the moment. In addition to searching for a new coach, the Panthers also have the No. 1 draft pick to consider. Tallon is apparently willing to trade his first pick and has received one fair offer thus far.