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Rossi: Bylsma takes talents to TV

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Dan Bylsma did will not go long without work.

Bylsma, fired as the Penguins coach on Friday, has agreed to join NHL Network as a studio analyst for the Stanley Cup Final.

A new release from the NHL said that Bylsma will work series Game 3, which is slated for Monday night.

This is a great opportunity for Bylsma, who had two years remaining on his contract with the Penguins – one that paid him around $2 million annually. TV work, especially on a part-time basis, allows him to still collect checks from the Penguins.

Three NHL teams are without coaches, including the Penguins, so it is possible Bylsma could work again as a head coach next season. Florida and Vancouver are also are looking for new bench bosses.

Bylsma, the fourth fastest coach to 250 wins, would certainly be an attractive candidate for Florida. The Panthers are loaded with young, mostly unproven talent – the kind of players that Bylsma won so often with when Penguins stars were injured – and that market would benefit from a public ambassador for the team; Bylsma mastered that role while with the Penguins.

If neither Florida nor Vancouver turns in Bylsma’s favor, he could do worst than to wait for another job to open up during or after next season. Dabbling in TV would keep him involved in the NHL just enough while also affording him time to spend with his wife and son. He could probably stand to recharge after five-plus seasons with the Penguins.

He met daily with the media during his time with the Penguins, and mostly seemed to enjoy that interaction. His media sessions often lasted a minimum of 10 minutes, and there was no topic off-limits – with the exception of injury updates in the playoffs.

Affable, presentable and never short of an opinion, Bylsma could become something NHL television coverage needs in the United States: an analyst that is unabashedly American with an American view of the sport.

Bylsma, 43, has not been reachable for comment since his firing by the Penguins.

 

>> Speaking of American-born NHL television analysts, Pierre McGuire said Monday morning that the short term of the Penguins GM job was a problem for him.

“I have a situation that’s very long term,” McGuire said during a radio interview with SiriusXM NHL Network Radio.

“The situation that potentially was presented in Pittsburgh was not nearly as long term, especially early on. So, decisions were made. They chose a decision and I chose a decision, and I’m comfortable speaking that way.”

McGuire was one of nine candidate to interview in-person for the Penguins’ GM vacancy, which was filled last Friday when Jim Rutherford was introduced as Ray Shero’s replacement.

 

>> ICYMI, a look at the three faces of Penguins’ management future: http://triblive.com/sports/penguins/6241476-74/guerin-botterill-shero#axzz349RKKQHj

 

>> Also, Bill Vidonic’s touching obituary for Cy “Malkamania” Clark: http://triblive.com/obituaries/newsstories/6242698-74/clark-game-hartnell#axzz349RKKQHj

 

 

Be EXCELLENT to each other,

Rossi

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Author: Rob Rossi

Rob Rossi is the lead sports columnist for the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. He has been called many names, but “Rossi” is the one to which he most often responds. He joined the Trib in November 2002 and was promoted to the columnist role in July 2014. Previously, he had covered the NHL’s Penguins (2006-14) and MLB’s Pirates (2006), while also working on beats associated with the NFL’s Steelers (2005-06) and the NCAA’s Pitt (2004-06). He has won national and local awards for his coverage of youth concussions and athletes’ charities. Also, he is a member of the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association executive committee and the Pittsburgh chapter chair. Raised in Crafton and Green Tree and a graduate of West Virginia University, he has covered a Super Bowl, All-Star Games in baseball and hockey, the NCAA basketball tournament and over 100 Stanley Cup playoff games, including the Cup Final twice. Oh, and his sports reporting has led him to brief chats with Mick Jagger and Bruce Springsteen; so that’s pretty cool. He is a regular contributor on TV with WPXI, Root Sports Pittsburgh and TSN. Also, he is the authorized biographer of Penguins star Evgeni Malkin.

 
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