Sabres interview ex-Pens head coach Bylsma

Pittsburgh Penguins head coach Dan Bylsma gives instructions in the first period of game 1 of a second-round NHL playoff hockey series against the New York Rangers in Pittsburgh Friday, May 2, 2014. The Rangers won in overtime 3-2. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – Former Penguins head coach Dan Bylsma interviewed for the Sabres’ vacancy today, a source confirms to News 4 Sports.

Bylsma is the first major candidate to surface, after the Sabres failed to land Mike Babcock, who eventually signed with Toronto.

He spent last season out of hockey, after the Penguins fired him for failing to get Sidney Crosby and company back to the Stanley Cup Finals. Bylsma led that team to a title in his first year on the job, but only made it to the conference finals once in the next five seasons.

His teams enjoyed plenty of regular season success, though, finishing either first or second every season under Bylsma. He is also the fastest coach in NHL history to reach the 200 win mark.

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