Dan Bylsma was behind the bench when the Pittsburgh Penguins won the 2009 Stanley Cup Final. He would go on to coach six years in Pittsburgh and would finish with a .668 points percentage during his time there.
He then went on to coach for Buffalo but didn’t have as much success. He had a points percentage of .485 with a pretty bad team. The blame can’t be put on him, there was a lack of talent in Buffalo that he had to work with.
When the Rangers were looking for a coach apparently he wasn’t up for the job but the consensus was that he would eventually have a job in the NHL. He deserves another opportunity, and Lou Lamoriello can put him in a situation to be successful.
No matter who the Islanders hire, the team has to put the coach in a position where they could succeed. I think Bylsma would be a good candidate for that.
If I had to rank my coaching options of who I want the most I think I’d go with Trotz, Bylsma, Keefe, Stevens, Vigneault in that order. For a change, with Lamoriello in charge, I’m fairly confident the Islanders can hire someone who gets the job done effectively.