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Dan Bylsma Could Be A Head Coach Candidate For The Philadelphia Flyers

from Sam Carchidi of Philly.com,

Dan Bylsma has directed a team to a Stanley Cup championship and has a connection with general manager Chuck Fletcher, making him a candidate for the Flyers’ coaching job.

How strong of a candidate?

Fletcher won’t say....

It would be ironic if he was hired because Bylsma was despised by Flyers fans when he coached the hated Penguins.

Remember when Flyers coach Peter Laviolette called Bylsma “gutless” after he put his tough guys on the ice and a melee ensued in the waning minutes of a 6-4 Flyers’ win in 2012? In that same game, Laviolette got into a shouting match with Bylsma and Pittsburgh assistant Tony Granato – the incensed Flyers’ coach waved a stick at them and tried to cross the partition between the benches after Danny Briere was taken down by a Penguin — and was subsequently fined $10,000 by the NHL.

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Red Winger's avatar

I kind of figured we were living on borrowed time having him in an assistant’s role

Posted by Red Winger from Sault Ste Marie, MI on 04/11/19 at 04:37 PM ET

Hank Scorpio's avatar

Good for Bylsma.  I hope he gets it.  I think he’s a pretty decent coach (probably better than Blash but who knows), and I appreciate the help he gave the Wings this year.  Since it’s clear that management is not firing Blash, there’s no point in having a “coach in waiting” on staff.  Although, to be fair, I think our offense and power play improved under his guidance, and it will be a loss for the team.

Posted by Hank Scorpio on 04/11/19 at 05:33 PM ET

Steeb's avatar

“Letting a Cup winning coach walk while extending the coach who finishes in the bottom half-dozen in the league for three years running” is about the most Ken Holland thing ever.

Posted by Steeb on 04/11/19 at 06:14 PM ET

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“Letting a Cup winning coach walk while extending the coach who finishes in the bottom half-dozen in the league for three years running” is about the most Ken Holland thing ever.

Posted by Steve in San Francisco on 04/11/19 at 06:14 PM ET/quote]

so true

Posted by akwingsfan on 04/11/19 at 11:13 PM ET

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the idea he’d go to philly of all places only reinforces Steve’s point. blash…how long did Dave Lewis last, now we get this!? Wtf.

Posted by Chet from twitter: thegansen on 04/12/19 at 04:50 AM ET

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Letting a Cup winning coach walk while extending the coach who finishes in the bottom half-dozen in the league for three years running” is about the most Ken Holland thing ever.

Posted by Steve in San Francisco on 04/11/19 at 06:14 PM ET

That Cup WInning coach was also a complete and utter failure with a young team in BUF and got fired for his troubles.

Or did everyone forget that already?  He had basically all the kids there except Dahlin and what, Mittlestadt, and BUF didn;t feel he got nearly enough out of them (and he probably didn;t).

Not exactly the resume you want from a guy that is going to be coaching a young team that needs development.

Posted by Primis on 04/12/19 at 07:45 AM ET

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No point letting facts over run your judgment, Primis.

Posted by teldar on 04/12/19 at 07:56 AM ET

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Primis, an argument could be made that the team is uncoachable given how Housley has done with them since Bylsma’s departure.

Posted by NHLJeff from Pens fan in Denver on 04/12/19 at 08:19 AM ET

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Posted by Primis on 04/12/19 at 07:45 AM ET

I dont think he had Middlestadt though and the grumblings about Eichel are out there.


Could Buffalo be Edmonton Oilers 2.0??

Posted by ilovehomers on 04/12/19 at 08:20 AM ET

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That Cup WInning coach was also a complete and utter failure with a young team in BUF and got fired for his troubles.

I guess that makes him Jeff Blashill.

Oh, except for that Cup win, huh?

Posted by CharDeeMacDennis on 04/12/19 at 08:36 AM ET

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Posted by Primis on 04/12/19 at 07:45 AM ET

One thing when Dan was there the team was starting to rebuild and Buffalo’s issues even when Dan was there is above coaching. The depth is not there, no solid D or goaltending. It’s a mess. I truly think not even Scotty Bowman could get that team to win even 5 more games/season.

Besides Dahlin they added Jeff Skinner, a 40 goal scorer and the team still stunk.
Rasmus Ristolainen was a minus 41. Buffalo is a young mixed up team.

If I was Dan, I would stay the hell away from Philly. He can get a head coaching job elsewhere. Philly is no better than Buffalo.

But if he goes I wish him luck.

Posted by damndog revenge From the bowels of Detroit on 04/12/19 at 09:09 AM ET

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In his first year coaching Buffalo, the Sabres made a 27-point improvement over their previous season.

Posted by damndog revenge From the bowels of Detroit on 04/12/19 at 09:14 AM ET

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Let me I guess reword what I was trying to say:

Bylsma is a good coach, but he’s a good coach you put on a team that’s already had the hard part of rebuilding done, and he can maybe then take then over the next hump.

It’s absolutely INSANE to look at Bylsma winning a Cup in Pittsburgh with that roster and credit him much though.  PIT has merrily won other Cups without him, and they got to the SCF the year *before* he showed up.  It’s similar to the Babcock Effect:  you’re starting to see how much DET’s talent was to credit for success there, as opposed to Babcock himself.  That doesn’t mean Babcock is *bad*, but ti does mean he’s also not some coaching savant.

Bylsma *should* be coaching in the NHL as head coach somewhere IMHO.  He’s not a guy you rebuild with though, clearly.  You plug him into a team you’ve already made.

Posted by Primis on 04/12/19 at 09:57 AM ET

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Bylsma *should* be coaching in the NHL as head coach somewhere IMHO.  He’s not a guy you rebuild with though, clearly.  You plug him into a team you’ve already made.

Posted by Primis on 04/12/19 at 09:57 AM ET

Still a very subjective opinion and I get where you coming from. There is many more factors in saying he is a good rebuild coach or not. Firstly, you have to look at management and how they are building the team. Secondly, you have to look at the personalities being drafted and can those personalities be coached into something better than what they are? And I am not just saying skill level, but mental capabilities. Jack Eichel is a very good player, but he is temperamental and makes costly mistakes all over the ice. Maybe that cannot be coached out of him, he was horrific again this year besides goals.  Third, is the coach a good match with management and players. It’s not an exact science.

Blash has was fortunate enough to Z, Pavel and Kronner to start. Guys that been there. In Bugg A low, that wasn’t there.

In Pittsburgh he did take a team that was primed to win in all like Babcock. Great comparison really. But they got it done where others failed. That is the difference to this point. Neither one may not win another cup again. Who knows.

Posted by damndog revenge From the bowels of Detroit on 04/12/19 at 10:48 AM ET

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Bugg A low

This is an all time great auto correct!

Posted by ilovehomers on 04/12/19 at 01:08 PM ET

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