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Sharks get OK to interview Bylsma: report

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The San Jose Sharks have been given permission to interview Dan Bylsma for their coaching position, ESPN.com reported Monday.

The website also said Mike Babcock was scheduled to speak with the Sharks this week to discuss a possible future with the organization, but Babcock said he is done speaking with teams. It is unknown if he interviewed with the Sharks.

Bylsma was fired by the Pittsburgh Penguins after last season with two years remaining on his contract. The Penguins reached the Stanley Cup Playoffs in each of the six seasons he coached, and he led Pittsburgh to the Stanley Cup in 2009. He was 252-117-32 in the regular season.

ESPN reporter Craig Custance said Bylsma turned down two jobs before this season; Custance did not identify the teams.

TSN reported the Sharks want to give Peter DeBoer a second interview. DeBoer was fired by the New Jersey Devils in December.

San Jose has been without a coach since Todd McLellan and the Sharks agreed to part on April 20. Reports say McLellan will be named coach of the Edmonton Oilers as soon as Tuesday.

Babcock, who would like to make a decision about his future by Wednesday, initiated contact with the Sharks, CSN Bay Area reported Sunday.

Red Wings general manager Ken Holland said there is a compensation letter teams had to sign in order to talk to Babcock; any team that hires Babcock would have to give the Red Wings a third-round pick in the NHL Draft within the next three years as compensation.

It is unknown what compensation the Penguins or Devils are seeking if Bylsma or DeBoer is hired.

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