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Quick take: Penguins hitting reset or panic button?

By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media

Now comes word that the Penguins are basically hitting the reset button on their coaching search, as reported by the Trib’s Rob Rossi.

Or maybe it’s really the panic button.

First, Bill Peters went to the Hurricanes, scratching one candidate.

Next, Willie Desjardins took off for the Canucks after Jim Rutherford thought that was his man. And what an embarrassment that is in and of itself, a minor-league guy who’s done nothing in the NHL at age 57 and who’d just taken a backward step in the Dallas organization flying to Pittsburgh to reject the Penguins. Yikes.

Somebody’s butchering this, and somebody’s butchering it badly.

Are the Penguins being cheap?

Are they afraid to commit longer than two years?

Are they — I can’t believe I’m about to type this — holding off for Mike Babcock, as if that wouldn’t be the dumbest route imaginable?

Then, of course, inevitably, everything goes public, and the next name the Penguins would announce — whoever that would have been — would look like a clear third choice. Which would embarrass both that individual and the team. Which wouldn’t help anyone.

My thoughts on this haven’t changed in the slightest: I want Ulf. There’s nothing that’s gone wrong to this point that the hiring of Ulf Samuelsson wouldn’t make right, and by that I’m not talking about saving face but of making the right choice to coach this team.

Here’s TribLIVE’s Penguins page and our Chipped Ice blog.

Thoughts on this, anyone else?

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Author: Dejan Kovacevic

Dejan Kovacevic, a lifelong Pittsburgher, is an award-winning sports columnist for Trib Total Media covering the Steelers, Penguins, Pirates, Pitt and, recently, his fourth Olympics in Sochi, Russia. He also appears on WPXI-TV's 'Subway Final Word’ and hosts a weekly show on TribLIVE Radio. For 2011, he was named one of the country's top four columnists by the AP Sports Editors. For 2012, he was named one of the country's top three columnists by the National Headliners. For 2013, he was named the state's top columnist by the Keystone Press Awards and top columnist in Western Pennsylvania by the Golden Quills.

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