- Craig Custance
It won't take long for Bylsma to find a job, if that’s what he wants to do. The more uncertain question is, who replaces him behind the bench in Pittsburgh?
The candidates you might connect initially to Rutherford -- Peter Laviolette and Paul Maurice -- have just locked up new deals. They’re out. Kirk Muller and his time with the Carolina Hurricanes didn’t end particularly well, so that’s another who would be a longshot.
Teams in the coaching search, such as Vancouver, Carolina and Florida, have been patient in part because some of the best candidates are still coaching, and that’s where the Penguins' search should start:
He’s friendly with Penguins owner Mario Lemieux, which always helps the cause. Plus, he’s put in the time as an assistant in Phoenix and New York, along with head-coaching experience in Europe.
“I think he’s ready,” said Phoenix Coyotes GM Don Maloney, who worked with Samuelsson in Phoenix.