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GM Jim Rutherford said Thursday that he's "zeroed in on one guy" during his coaching search.

He didn't name the candidate, but news came down that Willie Desjardins was expected to be in town to meet with the Penguins after he spoke with them on the phone earlier in the day. Desjardins just coached the Dallas Stars' AHL affiliate to a Calder Cup championship. He's also believed to be high on Vancouver's head coaching list.

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New York Rangers assistant coach Ulf Samuelsson is believed to be in the running for the Pittsburgh Penguins' top coaching job.

Samuelsson is reportedly competing against Ron Wilson, Marc Crawford, Bill Peters, Rick Tocchet, John Stevens, and John Hynes. The Penguins might not come to a decision before the NHL Entry Draft.

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Penguins GM Jim Rutherford has begun the process of interviewing coaching candidates.

Rutherford doesn't feel the need to come to a decision before the draft, but he would like to finish this process prior to the start of the unrestricted free agent period. John Hynes, who is the bench boss of the team's AHL affiliates, the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, is among the candidates for the job. Rick Tocchet is also believed to be a candidate, but Hynes is the only one Rutherford has confirmed.

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Penguins GM Jim Rutherford would like to take a forward in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft, but he won't commit to doing so.

He typically likes to choose the best player available, but said "we're going to really lean toward a forward at this time." Pittsburgh has some strong prospects on defense in their system and a good netminder, so it makes sense that they would prefer to target a forward with the 22nd overall pick.

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John Hynes is on GM Jim Rutherford's list as a possible coach for the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Hynes has coached the last four seasons for the Penguins AHL farm team in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton and has been the only name that Rutherford has said is a coaching possibility. John Stevens is also a possible candidate but the assistant coach for the King has been rumored to go elsewhere as well as there are coaching openings in Vancouver, Carolina and Florida.

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Jason Karmanos has been hired as Pittsburgh's vice president of hockey operations.

He worked with Jim Rutherford as an assistant GM, vice president and executive director of hockey operations over the past 15 seasons with the Carolina Hurricanes. Now the two of them are reunited with the Penguins.

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Wilkes-Barre/Scranton coach John Hynes will interview for Pittsburgh's head coaching job next week.

He has spent the past five seasons with the Penguins' AHL affiliate, including the past four as the head coach. New GM Jim Rutherford expects to have a coach in place before the start of free agency.

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Newly appointed general manager Jim Rutherford only plans to stay with the Pittsburgh Penguins for two or three years.

That's not shocking given that he's already 65 years old, but it also means that the Penguins will likely want to have a succession plan in place. Rutherford feels that the organization already has some potential future general managers. With that in mind, Bill Guerin and Tom Fitzgerald have been named assistant general managers while Jason Botterill has been bumped up to the rank of associate general manager.

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A published report in Pittsburgh includes NBC analyst Pierre McGuire as a possibility to succeed the fired Ray Shero as general manager of the Penguins' star-studded lineup, which includes future Hall of Famer Sidney Crosby.

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette mentions McGuire as a candidate for the Pitt GM job because he is "a former Penguins assistant coach and a popular dark horse candidate almost every time a front-office job opens." It adds, however, that McGuire also is one of Shero's closest friends and that in itself "likely would be enough to prevent him from pursuing the position, even if the Penguins were interested." Also on the Post-Gazette's candidate list is Bruins assistant GM Jim Benning, agent Pat Brisson, Predators assistant GM Paul Fenton, Lightning assist GM Julien BriseBois and Sharks assistant GM Joe Will.

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Penguins captain Sidney Crosby tepidly denied a Tribune-Review report that a rift has developed between the coaching staff and the Penguins' star players, including center Evgeni Malkin.

"You're going to hear a lot of that stuff, a lot of negativity, a lot of different rumors," Crosby said. "That's normal when you lose. There are always people looking for reasons. Bottom line is, we didn't win." General manager Ray Shero was fired Friday and coach Dan Bylsma almost certainly will be fired soon or once a new GM is hired. Crosby, the organization's most powerful player, insisted he will not be involved in determining a new coach, should Bylsma's expected dismissal come.