The Pittsburgh Penguins announced this morning that coach Dan Bylsma and his staff, including our fave, Tony Granato, will be retained and that Bylsma has signed a two-year extension.
Maybe Super Mario saw the line of teams waiting for Bylsma to hit the open market and changed his mind.
More and more it looks as if Dave Tippett is staying in Phoenix. Dallas Eakins has already landed in Edmonton.
So as the Rangers continue their organizational meetings in La Quinta, and interview coaches, the choices have dwindled.
It looks to me that it will be Alain Vigneault (the favorite with the credentials) or Mark Messier, to whom I still find if difficult to imagine Glen Sather would say “No.”
Lindy Ruff remains in the conversation, but hasn’t been interviewed as far as we know (Vigneault had his interview Tuesday, while John Tortorella was interviewing in Vancouver).
Messier, Sather’s special assistant, has recused himself from the process of interviewing other candidates.
I think it’s a two-horse race, and a very difficult decision for Sather and staff.