Penguins head coach search continues

After Bill Peters was hired by the Carolina Hurricanes yesterday, the Pittsburgh Penguins coaching search moves on.

After Pittsburgh Penguins general manager Jim Rutherford proudly said yesterday, "I’ve zeroed in on one guy," to be the next Pens head coach, it looks like he got beat to the punch on hiring Bill Peters.

So they quickly turned to bring in Willie Desjardins into Pittsburgh for an interview. Fresh off of winning the Calder Cup (AHL championship) earlier this week, the 57 year old Desjardins seemed to be in the driver's seat to be named the next Pens head coach, being as the team brought him into town and has spoken with him a few times in the past couple of days.

Hold the presses?

Now, without Peters, it seems the Pens are back to square one and might not have an announcement soon, especially if the rumor that Desjardins didn't have a "slam dunk" interview. If he's not the guy, the team might have to circle back to other candidates including Ulf Samuelsson, as Dreger mentioned.

No word on where this would leave internal candidate John Hynes, but if he was far enough back in line that they liked Peters more, and Desjardins enough to fly him to town, it could be an indication that management is seeking a coach with NHL experience. Would that leave a door open for a dreaded "retread" candidate like Marc Crawford or Tom Renney? Time will tell.

It's a fluid situation indeed. Maybe we'll have a head coach soon, maybe not. Stay tuned.

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