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Penguins coaching staff faces uncertain future

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Friday, May 16, 2014, 8:12 p.m.
 

The Penguins coaching staff remains. For now.

Coach Dan Bylsma and assistants Tony Granato, Todd Reirden, Jacques Martin and Mike Bales have been retained, but all are in a peculiar position.

Penguins CEO David Morehouse announced Friday that general manager Ray Shero had been fired. However, Morehouse avoided using Bylsma's name in his opening address and, when pushed, explained that the coaching staff remains intact. He said the next GM will have the authority to dismiss Bylsma and his staff.

Morehouse dismissed talk of an “element of weirdness” about the situation.

“We're trying to do it systematically, and what we wanted to do was first address the situation at the top,” Morehouse said.

Carolina, Washington, Nashville and Vancouver have coaching vacancies, and Bylsma would figure to vault into contention for any of them. Granato's name also has been mentioned in Washington. But if the Penguins' uncertainty persists, those jobs may be filled before Bylsma and his assistants can apply.

None opted to comment Friday. Numerous players also declined to discuss the situation.

Bylsma is under contract for two more seasons.

“Another team is not allowed to (contact him),” Morehouse said. “But I have complete confidence that if Dan is indeed not the coach here that he'll quickly be picked up somewhere else.”

Josh Yohe is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. Reach him at jyohe@tribweb.com or via Twitter @JoshYohe_Trib.

 

 

 
 


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