Dozens of names have been tied to the group of job-seekers, and only four vacancies—Pittsburgh, Carolina, Vancouver and Florida—currently offer opportunities.
For three of those clubs, however, Bylsma nonetheless instantly jumps to the top of the list of possibilities.
Bylsma posted a 252-117-32 record in his first NHL coaching stint with the Penguins, leading the team to the 2009 Stanley Cup title and to the playoffs all six seasons in western Pennsylvania. While his failure to get the superstar-laden Pens back to the Final eventually led to his demise, it also now leaves him with a stunningly impressive resume for three teams that missed the postseason in 2013-14.
As CBS Sports' Brian Stubits wrote Monday, "He could very well have his pick of the three destinations."
What odds do each of the Panthers, Canucks and Hurricanes currently have of landing Bylsma as head coach? A rumor compilation and analysis for each franchise lies on the following slides.