Former Penguins Coach Dan Bylsma Returning to the NHL

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Former Pittsburgh Penguins head coach Dan Bylsma will return to the NHL, according to Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman.

The Seattle Kraken parted ways with coach Dave Hakstol following a disappointing season in which Seattle missed the playoffs, a significant step backward from their strong playoff run last season. So, from a former Philadelphia Flyers coach to a former Penguins coach.

Bylsma, 53, last coached the Buffalo Sabres from 2015 to 2017, a period of just two seasons in which the team finished seventh and last in the Atlantic Division. He joined the Penguins organization as the coach of the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins in 2008-09 but was elevated to the NHL level on Feb. 15, 2009, when former general manager Ray Shero fired Michel Therrien.

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