Report: Dan Bylsma will coach team USA at 2014 Olympics

By Adam Gretz | Hockey writer

Dan Bylsma will reportedly coach team USA at the 2014 Olympics. (USATSI)
Dan Bylsma will reportedly coach team USA at the 2014 Olympics. (USATSI)

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According to a report from Kevin Allen of USA Today, Pittsburgh Penguins coach Dan Bylsma will be the head coach of the USA Olympic Hockey team at the 2014 Sochi Olympics.

The team will be constructed by Nashville Predators general manager David Poile, while Penguins general manager Ray Shero will be his associate general manager. Brian Burke, who was team USA's general manager for the 2010 Olympics when the team took home the silver medal, will reportedly be the director of player development.

The moves are expected to officially be announced on Saturday.

Bylsma has been Pittsburgh's head coach since the middle of the 2008-09 season when he took over for Michel Therrie, leading the team to a Stanley Cup win over the Detroit Red Wings.

In his time behind the Penguins' bench he has compiled a 201-92-25 record, won two division titles, and the aforementioned Stanley Cup.

Bylsma was said to be on the hot seat after Pittsburgh was swept in the Eastern Conference Final against the Boston Bruins, but the Penguins ended up signing him to a contract extension just days after their season came to an end.

Poile has been the only general manager in the history of the Predators franchise and has consistently put together a contending team on a tight budget, assembling one of the better farm systems in the league that seems to always have a steady stream of talent flowing to the NHL.

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