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Florida Panthers: Sorting Out The Coaching Search Mess


Dan Bylsma

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The Florida Panthers have appeared to have decided on a head coach, maybe. With the way yesterday went it appears they are down to at least two candidates.

After interviewing several candidates, Florida appears to have narrowed down the list to either former Pittsburgh Penguins coach Dan Bylsma or Montreal Canadiens assistant coach Gerard Gallant.

Conflicting reports have both claiming the job, with more coming up that Gallant beat out Bylsma. But with the ex-Penguins coach not getting the job with the Vancouver Canucks, he might have one last breath in getting the coaching job in Florida.

According to former Panthers head coach Doug MacLean, it is a no-doubter that Gallant will be the next head coach in Florida. Miami Herald writer George Richards gives you the feeling, leaving a small door open for Bylsma though.

However there were some other sources that said that Bylsma will be the guy that Dale Tallon picks to lead the Panthers.

What we do know at this point, is that the Panthers have likely made their decision and are going to hold onto it over the weekend, after of which they have an 11 a.m. press conference set up for Monday to announce their decision.

It is a bit confusing. Florida seemed like they were ready to announce a coach, which probably meant they were leaning towards Bylsma but he interviewed with Vancouver and the Panthers moved on to Gallant. Now Bylsma lost out on the Canucks job, or maybe he was favoring the Panthers job and Vancouver decided to go another way because they thought Bylsma was taken?

Or was Bylsma’s price too high for the Panthers?

It’s a sticky situation, but now the Panthers have two very clear candidates, both that will be able to bring something valuable to the organization. After waiting all week hoping for a decision, it looks like we will have to wait just a little bit longer.

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