It's suddenly a buyer's market for NHL coaching jobs.
San Jose is reportedly set to hire Peter DeBoer, leaving only Buffalo and New Jersey without a coach. The Sabres are set to interview former Pittsburgh coach Dan Bylsma as early as today.
The Sharks also asked for permission to interview Bylsma, but ESPN reports the team has decided on DeBoer. He was let go by the Devils at midseason. DeBoer also coached in Florida.
Bylsma is the most well-known candidate remaining. He guided the Penguins to a Stanley Cup and made the playoffs in all six of his seasons. He was out of work this year after being fired last spring in an organizational shakeup.
Bylsma's former general manager in Pittsburgh, Ray Shero, holds the same title in New Jersey. They've talked of reuniting, with NJ.com reporting that Bylsma may be the Devils' No. 1 candidate.
If the Sabres have deemed Bylsma as their leading choice, they may need to move quickly to ensure a deal. If Buffalo has other coaches in mind -- GM Tim Murray said last week he could interview eight people -- the organization has time to wait. There's only a couple of jobs left with plenty of coaches searching.