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February 28, 2013; Raleigh, NC, USA; Pittsburgh Penguins coach Dan Bylsma looks on during the 2nd period at the PNC center. The Hurricanes defeated the Penguins 4-1. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports

Dan Bylsma Won't Be Next Vancouver Canucks Head Coach

Pittsburgh Penguins head coach Dan Bylsma won’t become the next Vancouver Canucks coach because he has signed a two-year contract extension that will keep him with the Penguins until the end of the 2016 season.

There were some suggestions that Bylsma might be fired by the Penguins after getting swept in the Eastern Conference Finals by the Boston Bruins. The Penguins were favourites to win the Stanley Cup after general manager Ray Shero loaded up at the trade deadline acquiring veterans Jarome Iginla, Brenden Morrow, and Douglas Murray.

The Canucks will focus their search on the remaining candidates. The team requested permission to speak with Los Angeles Kings associate coach John Stevens earlier this week and received it on Wednesday. He will receive his interview later this week.

The Canucks have also spoken to former Montreal Canadiens head coach Jacques Martin and recently-fired New York Rangers head coach John Tortorella.

To date, it is believed the Canucks have interviewed (or in the process of interviewing) Scott Arniel, Glen Gulutzan, Dallas Eakins, Lindy Ruff, Martin, Tortorella, and Stevens. Canucks general manager Mike Gillis said the team was going to be interviewing up to eight candidates.

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