Saturday, August 23, 2014
Inquirer Daily News

Penguins fire Bylsma

PITTSBURGH - Jim Rutherford doesn't believe the Pittsburgh Penguins need to undergo a massive overhaul to regain their spot among the NHL's elite.

One thing is for certain: Dan Bylsma won't be part of the process.

The Penguins fired the franchise's all-time winningest coach on Friday while hiring Rutherford away from the Carolina Hurricanes to replace Ray Shero as general manager. Rutherford's first decision was to end the three weeks of limbo for Bylsma, whose star-laden teams had fallen well short of the Stanley Cup since winning it all in 2009.

"What ownership wants here is a complete change in direction, one with the GM and one with the coach," Rutherford said.

Bylsma won 252 games behind the bench and was the Jack Adams Award winner in 2012 as the NHL's coach of the year.

Associated Press
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