Pittsburgh Penguins’ general manager Jim Rutherford is on the verge of hiring his new head coach.
According to Shelly Anderson of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Rutherford has reportedly gotten his list down to one candidate – from his original eight – but it’s unclear who it is.
Jim Rutherford just told me he has zeroed in on one #Penguins coaching candidate, doing more vetting, no formal offer but things look close.
— Shelly Anderson (@pgshelly) June 19, 2014
Here’s what he said regarding his impending coach – per Anderson:
“All eight guys I talked to did a good job. There are a few guys that I could have selected, but this one person is a guy with great character and leadership qualities. He’s very well prepared. He should be the kind of guy that can do some of the things I talked about [June 6 when I was hired]: more puck possession going into the offensive zone and making adjustments. It’s something he’s done very well during his coaching career, making adjustments at certain times.”
Seven of the candidates who interviewed for the Pens’ head coaching vacancy were Wilkes-Barre/Scranton coach John Hynes, NHL assistant coaches Bill Peters (hired by Carolina), Ulf Samuelsson, and Tom Renney, ex-NHL coaches Marc Crawford and Ron Wilson, and sportscaster/former NHL coach Doug MacLean – per Anderson.
The eight candidate is unkown.
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