LAS VEGAS, NV (The Spread) – What are the odds that John Hynes will become the next head coach of the Pittsburgh Penguins? Oddsmakers have the answer.
On June 6 the Penguins fired Dan Byslma shortly after Jim Rutherford was announced as the team’s new general manager. Byslma became the fastest NHL coach ever to reach 200 wins back in April of 2013 but the Pens once again underachieved this past season so the organization clearly felt like it needed to go in another direction.
What direction is that? Well, if oddsmakers are right, the Pens might hire Hynes to be their next head coach. According to oddsmakers from online sports book Bovada.lv, Hynes is a 2/1 favorite to replace Byslma, while Mike Keenan has the next-best odds at 5/2. Willie Desjardins and John Stevens are both 4/1, respectively, while Jeff Daniels and Todd Nelson are 6/1, respectively, while Ron Wilson is the long shot at 9/1.
Earlier this week Rutherford confirmed that Hynes will interview for the Penguins’ coaching vacancy next week. Hynes has spent the past five seasons with the AHL affiliate Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, including the last four as head coach. The AHL Penguins reached the Calder Cup semifinal each of the past two postseasons and a 42-26-8 mark in the AHL regular season this past year. The defensive-minded coach is said to be unafraid to challenge players.