Bylsma praises ‘elite’ Eichel, cites experience of coaching star players

‘“I probably learned as much from working with those players — Sidney and Evgeni — as they learned from me. I think it’s going to be applicable to the likes of Sam Reinhart and Jack Eichel, who are going to be viewed in that same light, that same scope that star players are put into.”’

Dan Bylsma all about Sabres’ success, not shaming Penguins

‘Mike Babcock was the prize of the Sabres’ coaching search, before he opted to take the Toronto Maple Leafs’ blockbuster offer. But like with Eichel, it’s not like they’re settling for Bylsma. He’s a solid pro and a geat teacher for young players. Plus, he’s had similar NHL success to Babcock – well, save for Sochi – and has actually beaten Babcock for a title – well, again, save for Sochi.’

Bylsma faces big rebuilding challenge in taking over Sabres

‘From Grand Haven, Michigan, Bylsma is a former NHL forward, who made his professional debut by playing two games with the Sabres’ American Hockey League affiliate in Rochester in 1992-93. After bouncing around the minors, he eventually played parts of nine seasons with the Los Angeles Kings and Anaheim Ducks before retiring in 2004.’

Sabres name Bylsma head coach

‘However, after the Pens won the Stanley Cup in 2009, the club won just four playoff series in the subsequent five seasons and twice lost a series in which the club held a 3-1 advantage.’

Penguins’ Bylsma named Sabres coach

‘The Penguins are assured a third-round draft choice in return, and Bylsma is likely to command a healthy salary to replace Ted Nolan in Buffalo.’

Extra from Sabres’ Bylsma and Murray

‘When you move to the blue line, things are different. Bylsma said, “The pieces while they’re good, they’re young they’re developing defensemen, but they’re good players. The other players that are coming to the Sabres, Sam Reinhart, they’re going to be very, very good young players, but they are developing, but they’re surrounded with good people, they’re surrounded with Josh Gorges, their surrounded with Brian Gionta who I think are exceptional leaders.”’

Sabres hire Dan Bylsma as Head Coach

‘In 2008-09, his first year as an NHL head coach, Bylsma took over a Pittsburgh team that ranked 10th in the Eastern Conference with just 25 games remaining in the regular season. Under Bylsma, the Penguins went 18-3-4 to finish the season fourth in the conference before going 16-8 in the playoffs on the way to the franchise’s first Stanley Cup in 16 years.’

Bylsma brings winning pedigree to Buffalo

‘“Character guy, great teammate, fearless shot blocker, would do anything to win,” Van Boxmeer gushed on Thursday. “He was a thinking man’s player and a student of the game. Not loud or boisterous in the room, just a solid citizen.”’

Bylsma sees bright future with Sabres

‘“To me, he’s a winner. He knows what it takes to get there, how to perform when you are there,” Sabres general manager Tim Murray said at Bylsma’s introductory press conference at First Niagara Center. “So there are a lot of lessons he can give to young players. That’s part of the culture. We’ve been trying to change the culture here every day. But this is a big swing to the positive.”’

Bylsma an ‘excellent choice’ to coach Sabres

‘Bylsma integrated young defensemen into the lineup and helped them grow and expand their games. The Sabres have some very promising young defensemen on their team and in the pipeline and they will have an opportunity to do similar things under Bylsma.’

Dan Bylsma has a fan in the Bills football department

‘“If you want it and you have a case for something to make the Sabres a better team, a team that can consistently compete for championships, don’t ever hesitate to ask them,” he said he would tell the new Sabres coach. “They will give you anything and everything you need to get the job done.”’

Sabres, Bylsma hold meeting

‘The Sabres and Devils have both expressed interest in Bylsma. The former Pittsburgh coach has a choice between a fresh start with General Manager Tim Murray in Buffalo or reuniting with a GM he knows. Devils GM Ray Shero hired Bylsma with the Penguins, and both were fired last spring.’

AP Source: Sabres interviewed ex-Penguins coach Dan Bylsma

‘Though his contract doesn’t expire until June 2016, he has the Penguins’ permission to seek other jobs.’

Report: Sabres interview Bylsma

‘The meeting occurred in Buffalo and included Sabres owners Terry Pegula and Kim Pegula and general manager Tim Murray, The Associated Press reported.’

Jay McKee believes Dan Bylsma would be good fit to coach Sabres

‘“He was a guy you could talk to,” he said, “if that’s what you want to categorize as a players’ coach. … He was … just blunt, like, ‘This is the game plan that’s going to give you the best chance to win.’ … We’d come in after the first period, if guys weren’t playing the system, he wasn’t going to walk around screaming and yelling.”‘