Apr 21, 2014; Columbus, OH, USA; Pittsburgh Penguins head coach Dan Bylsma give instructions to his players against the Columbus Blue Jackets during the third period in game three of the first round of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Nationwide Arena. Pittsburgh defeated Columbus 4-3. Mandatory Credit: Russell LaBounty-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Pens Conclude Interviews for Head Coach Vacancy

Penguins’ fans will know who the new head coach of the team is relatively soon.

According to Dave Molinari of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the organization has reportedly finished interviewing candidates to replace the recently dismissed Dan Bylsma, and are expected to name his successor in the coming days.

However, there’s no exact date as to when we’ll know who won the job, other than the Jul. 1 deadline general manager Jim Rutherford said he’d prefer to have his coach by. Molinari reports Rutherford is going to announce his choice soon though.

The only names that we know are in the running for the vacancy are Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s coach John Hynes, Red Wings associate coach Tom Renney, Rangers assistant coach Ulf Samuelsson and Detroit assistant Bill Peters, and ex-head coaches Marc Crawford and Ron Wilson – per Molinari.

In total, the franchise interviewed eight, and the other two names not listed above are unclear – per Molinari.

Texas Stars’ coach Willie Desjardins of the American Hockey League (AHL) was believed to have been contacted, but apparently, Rutherford has not talked with him.

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