The Panthers wasted little time in reaching out to ex-Penguins coach Dan Bylsma as part of their ongoing coaching search after newly hired Pittsburgh General Manager Jim Rutherford fired the 2011 Coach of the Year Friday morning.

No definitive plans for an interview with Bylsma have been made, however, Panthers General Manager Dale Tallon called him shortly after he was let go to touch base, according to a team source.

The source added that the Panthers will speak to some of the top candidates again, such as Tom Renney, Ron Wilson, Gerard Gallant, Bill Peters, Marc Crawford and a, "dark horse," Panthers assistant coach John Madden.