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Report: Sabres close to deal with Dan Bylsma

According to the associated press, it seems that the new look Buffalo Sabres are close to finding their head coach who will take responsibility of coaching Jack Eichel and the other young rising stars in what is the most promising team in the NHL. 

It is reported that former Pittsburgh Penguins coach and Stanley Cup winner Dan Bylsma is close to a contract with the Sabres to become the 17th coach in Sabres history. Bylsma won the Stanley Cup in his first season as the Penguins in 2009 after making the playoffs as a 4th seed with 99 points in the 2008-2009 season. Bylsma did have the luxury of coaching "Generational Talents" in Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Mallkin. However winning is what gets you recognition as a head coach in the NHL. 

In 6 seasons with the Penguins, Bylsma took the Penguins to the post season every year. He also took Pittsburgh past 100 points in the regular season 4 times out of 6 (One of the two seasons he didn't get past 100 points was the lockout season). 

When the Penguins won the Stanley Cup, Sidney Crosby was 22. Bylsma knew how to coach such a unique, young talent and get him to lead a team to a cup. The Sabres situation is very familiar so Bylsma may be a great fit. Jack Eichel will be coming to Buffalo next season as a player that comes around ever 20 years or so. He is 18 years old. Sam Reinhart is 19 years old and is coming off an MVP like performance at the World Juniors for team Canada this season. Throw Ristolainen and Zadorov in there, not to mention Evander Kane and Zemgus Girgensons. 

If your argument is that Bylsma only won because of Crosby and Malkin, then isn't every coach a product of his talent? Babcock had Zetterberg and Datsyuk, Joel Quenneville has Toews and Kane, the list goes on and on.

Bylsma has a lot to work with. That much we know. 

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