The Pittsburgh Penguins are all but ready to name their new head coach in the imminent future, and it very well could be Texas Stars’ coach Willie Desjardins.
Fresh off a Calder Cup championship in the American Hockey League (AHL), Desjardins reportedly had a phone interview with the organization Thursday morning, and is expected to have an in-person meeting in Pittsburgh – per Dave Molinari of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
Texas Stars coach Willie Desjardins had a phone interview with the Penguins this morning and is expected to have a face-to-face meeting here
— Dave Molinari (@MolinariPG) June 19, 2014
Desjardins also reportedly missed his team’s celebratory festivities, according to Texas Stars’ beat writer Sean Shapiro. Reasons as to why he was awol are unknown, but we can assume it’s because of his interview with Pittsburgh’s brass.
— Sean Shapiro (@seanshapiro) June 19, 2014
Although there’s no indication that Desjardins will in fact be the new head coach, because he skipped his team’s celebration to fly out for a meeting with Pittsburgh’s front office, and considering general manager Jim Rutherford has reportedly found his new head coach but has yet to name him, gives us the implication Desjardins is looking like Dan Bylsma’s successor.
Don’t be surprised if the Penguins hold a press conference Friday introducing Desjardins as head coach. Ironically enough, Rutherford was hired on a Friday.