Penguins Acquire Draft Pick as Dan Bylsma Signs On With Buffalo

(Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports)

(Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports)

Another salary came off the books of the Pittsburgh Penguins today as former head coach Dan Bylsma signed a five-year contract to become the 17th head coach of the Buffalo Sabres. Even though Pittsburgh fired Bylsma, he was still under contract. Therefore, the Penguins had to give the Sabres permission to interview Bylsma. The Sabres were forced to send a 2016 third-round draft pick to the Penguins as compensation for Bylsma. The Penguins have to be pretty happy now that they have acquired a draft pick in addition to removing two big salaries in Bylsma and Ray Shero, who was hired as the new general manager of the New Jersey Devils. There were rumors that Shero was considering Bylsma, but they both seemed to lean towards going in a different direction with their new teams. Bylsma was making around $2 million per season with Pittsburgh and is reportedly going to make around $3 million per year with Buffalo. The 2009 Stanley Cup winning coach seems pretty excited to start up with his new team in Buffalo and he should be. He’ll be taking over a team with a good hockey market and an organization that is thrilled to have him. In addition to dishing out a draft pick for him, the Sabres web team published a front-page banner that reads “Welcome Coach Bylsma” on their website. The new-look Sabres will be an interesting team to watch with players like Evander Kane, Matt Moulson, Zemgus Girgensons and possibly Jack Eichel, who could be drafted by Buffalo second overall in the 2015 NHL Draft this summer. Bylsma has a 252-117-32 record in the regular season in addition to a 43-35 record in the postseason.

Watch the Sabres’ press conference introducing Bylsma here: