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Bylsma Out as Coach in Pittsburgh, Former Red Wing Rutherford In as Penguins' GM

 
Posted Friday, June 6th 2014 @ 2pm  by John C. Smith, WOOD Radio News Team

He won 63% of his regular season games behind Pittsburgh's bench, but west Michigan native Dan Bylsma is out as Head Coach of the Penguins.

The website www.nhl.com had the story of the Grand Haven native's firing this morning. It comes on the same day former Red Wings and NHL goalie Jim Rutherford was named as the team's General Manager. Ray Shero lost those duties on May 16th. Rutherford's comment on the new coach of the club at today's media conference said that "he's going to have to adjust to the players we have."

Bylsma came on as coach replacing Michel Therrien and won the Stanley Cup with the Pens, but his teams lost five straight Stanley Cup bids to a lower seeded team. He finished with a 252-117-32 record in 400 regular season games with Pittsburgh taking first or second in their division each time.

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