The Pittsburgh Penguins have narrowed their search to fill the open coaching position to one person, who continues to remain unknown. General manager Jim Rutherford made the following statement regarding the search:
“All eight guys I talked to did a good job,” Rutherford told reporters. “There are a few guys that I could have selected, but this one person is a guy with great character and leadership qualities. He’s very well-prepared.”
Before offering the job to the candidate, Rutherford said that there are a few things he must check out. No formal offer has been given as of yet, however it is expected that one will be given within the next few days.
Coincidentally, after this statement was given, Texas Stars coach Willie Desjardins was to be in town to meet with the Penguins after talking with them via phone on Thursday. Whether this means that Desjardins is the front runner is yet to be known; however, under the leadership of Desjardins, the Stars had the best regular season record in the American Hockey League going 48-18-10. The Stars also won the Calder Cup in a five-game series.
Rutherford also stated that whoever he hires, “should be the kind of guy that can do some of the things I talked about [June 6 when I was hired]: more puck possession going into the offensive zone and making adjustments. It’s something he’s done very well during his coaching career, making adjustments at certain times.”
Expect an official announcement by this time next week.