Thursday, May 28, 2015

Bylsma To Coach Buffalo

One more coaching slot has been filled as the Buffalo Sabres have hired Dan Bylsma as their new head coach according to SportsNet. Bylsma, the former head coach of the Pittsburgh Penguins has previously led a team to a Stanley Cup and was the 2011 NHL coach of the year. As quoted in the SportsNet article, the hiring was delayed briefly due to arrangements being made for compensation to Pittsburgh:
And his hiring was delayed briefly after the Sabres were required under NHL rules to give up a 2016 third-round draft pick as compensation because Bylsma's contract with Pittsburgh ran through June 2016.

It was thought that the New Jersey Devils might be the front runner for Bylsma's services after GM Ray Shero asked permission to speak with Bylsma earlier in the week.

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