After finding his head coach and attempting to finalize an agreement, Penguins’ general manager Jim Rutherford will have to continue looking.
According to Rob Rossi of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Rutherford was reportedly set to hand somebody their head coaching job, however, the feeling wasn’t mutual, as the other party chose to go in another direction.
That person was allegedly Texas Stars’ coach Willie Desjardins – per Shelly Anderson of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
— Rob Rossi (@RobRossi_Trib) June 20, 2014
Seems as if the finalist for #Penguins job who didn’t work out was Willie Desjardins.
— Shelly Anderson (@pgshelly) June 20, 2014
Desjardins flew out to have an in-person interview with Pittsburgh’s front office Thursday and Friday morning, but opted to take the Vancouver Canucks’ head coaching vacancy instead – per TSN insider Bob McKenzie.
Nothing signed yet, but Willie Desjardins will be in VAN this weekend. Assuming all goes as expected, he’ll be introduced as coach next wk. — Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) June 20, 2014
Although Rutherford did not confirm who he had chosen to replace Dan Bylsma, it’s safe to assume Desjardins was his man, given there were reports suggesting he was really close to naming his new head coach.
Rutherford will now continue searching, but said the team will have a coach by Jul. 1 – per Rossi.