A fun game of connect the dots here.
First, it was said, by Jim Rutherford via Rob Rossi, that he had made his decision Thursday morning.
Which is odd considering this:
Texas Stars coach Willie Desjardins had a phone interview with the Penguins this morning and is expected to have a face-to-face meeting here
— Dave Molinari (@MolinariPG) June 19, 2014
But this makes it clearer:
Sure sounds like Bill Peters was on the verge of being offered the Penguins job, before Carolina beat them to the punch.
— John Shannon (@JSportsnet) June 20, 2014
Or does it:
Interesting thing: Rutherford said he had his guy yesterday afternoon. Willie hadn't even interviewed in person at that point.
— Josh Yohe (@JoshYohe_Trib) June 20, 2014
No, no it doesn’t:
Change of heart in Pitt? Hearing Desjardins no longer a slam dunk following meeting last night. Ulf?
— Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) June 20, 2014
So, what it looks like is the Penguins wanted Bill Peters, but the Canes beat them to the punch. Desjardins then became a candidate, but the in-person interview must have changed minds.
This probably looks worse than it really is, because it is playing out in the media. Going to only get stranger.