June 22, 2012; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Penguins owner Mario Lemieux (left) and head coach Dan Bylsma on the stage as their first round draft pick is announced during the 2012 NHL Draft at CONSOL Energy Center. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Pens GM Rutherford to Name Coach in Coming Days

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.

Anderson also reported that Rutherford is “just checking out a few things,” and that there has been no offer issued to said chosen one, but it could be executed in the next two-to-three days.

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.

Stay tuned.

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