Penguins notebook: Season opener at home vs. Ducks


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The Penguins will open the 2014-15 season at 7:08 p.m. Oct. 9, a Thursday, against the Anaheim Ducks at Consol Energy Center.

They will carry a sellout streak of 334 games into the matchup. The Penguins won both meetings against the Ducks last season.

The NHL announced all teams' home openers Saturday. The Penguins aren't playing a road game on the league's opening night, Oct. 8, making their game against the Ducks their first of the season.

The full schedule is expected to be unveiled this afternoon.

Search updates

The Penguins' search for a coach is set to resume this week, but another name from what is believed to be general manager Jim Rutherford's original list of candidates can be scratched off.

Longtime NHL coach Marc Crawford is going to remain as coach of the ZSC Lions in the top Swiss league, the team announced on Twitter. Crawford guided the Lions to a league title last season.

Rutherford had zeroed in on American Hockey League coach Willie Desjardins, but talks broke down late last week and Desjardins now appears to be close to becoming the Vancouver coach.

Bill Peters was believed to be on Rutherford's original list, too, but he accepted the coaching job with Carolina.

Rutherford said he will work off of a group of potential candidates that includes names from his original list who remain available, plus perhaps a couple of new names.

Staff developments

Rick Tocchet, a rugged but skilled winger who won a Stanley Cup with the Penguins in 1992, appears to be in the running for a position with the Penguins, although probably not head coach.

Tocchet, 50, has head coaching experience with Tampa Bay but could fill a role with the Penguins such as development coach, which was left open when Bill Guerin was promoted to assistant general manager, or assistant or associate coach.

Odd man out

It does not appear that Dan Bylsma, fired earlier this month by the Penguins, will get a coaching job this offseason.

Bylsma was believed to be a candidate in Florida, but the Panthers named Montreal assistant Gerard Gallant as their new coach.

With the Carolina opening filled and the Vancouver opening apparently spoken for -- Bylsma reportedly also interviewed with the Canucks -- it seems as if the Penguins will be the final team to fill its coaching vacancy this season.

Bylsma could surface as a candidate for any in-season job openings. He is due to be paid by the Penguins for two more seasons unless he takes another job.

Shelly Anderson: shanderson@post-gazette.com, 412-263-1721 and Twitter @pgshelly.


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