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via the Pittsburgh Penguins,
Mike Sullivan has been named head coach of the Pittsburgh Penguins, it was announced today by General Manager Jim Rutherford.
Sullivan replaces Mike Johnston, who was relieved of his duties earlier today.
Assistant coach Gary Agnew also was relieved of his duties.
from Joe Starkey of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,
In these parts, if you're not scoring, you're boring. The Penguins are boring. They don't score anymore. They are 27th in the NHL in goals per game (2.06) after finishing 19th last season. If that doesn't change real soon, Johnston, fairly or not, likely will go the way of King Con and Mad Mike (who, ironically, has a high-scoring team in Montreal).
I'm not saying Johnston should go. I'm saying he probably will if this movie doesn't stop putting people to sleep.
I asked him if he feels a mandate to not only win but provide an entertaining product.
“We are in the entertainment business,” Johnston said. “But part of the entertainment is winning. That is the bottom line. That should be the bottom line for us as players, coaches, ownership. ... It's all about winning. We're finding ways to win games.”...
This feels like a big four-game homestand for Johnston, beginning Tuesday against the Minnesota Wild (run by Shero's former right-hand man, Chuck Fletcher). If I were Johnston, I'd be sweating hockey pucks about now. His team is no fun to watch. It doesn't score anymore.
“I never worry or even think about job security,” Johnston said. “I think about our game, how are we playing.”
from Jason Mackey of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,
The Penguins (30-15-6) faced a 2-0 deficit at the time, and the goal would have given them a serious spark. Instead, Shawn Matthias and Zach Kassian scored later in the period to trigger the rout, which wraps up a 2-1 Western Canada trip.
Johnston explained that nothing was called or said on the ice. The only thing he heard or saw was a whistle and a referee with his arms up.
“There was no call made on the ice,” Johnston said. “There was just a wave of the arms. It wasn't a call that was waved off. The play was stopped because the net was off.
“They decided on the ice that it was no goal. Then they waited for Toronto. Toronto couldn't decide. That's the way the ruling went.
“When I watched it again ... boy, it's a goal for sure. I thought that was a key turning point in the game. Would have given us a lot of momentum at that time.”
Watch the no-goal below...
from Micholas J. Cotsonika of Yahoo,
He coached in world juniors, world championships and an Olympics. He became associate coach for two NHL teams, the Vancouver Canucks and Los Angeles Kings, and head coach and general manager of a major junior team, the WHL’s Portland Winterhawks.
Now, after 35 years of work, at 57 years of age, he has his first NHL head coaching job. He is coaching Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin.
“People say, ‘Well, you finally got to where you wanted to go,’ ” said Johnston this week in his office at Consol Energy Center. “I never, ever really viewed it that way.”
Johnston did have NHL ambitions, of course. Early in his career, he wrote letters to NHL teams. He received one response, from Canucks GM Pat Quinn, who didn’t offer anything but encouragement. Quinn said he would keep his name in mind.
But Johnston said realistically his ambitions were always smaller – to succeed where he was and climb the next rung on the ladder. It wasn’t until he joined the Canadian national team that he really thought about coaching in the NHL.
Not to tie together the narrative too neatly, but Johnston will take the same approach with the Penguins when training camp opens Sept. 19. Enjoy the journey. Focus on the process. Prepare, so when the big time comes, you’re ready.
from Jason Mackey of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,
Johnston talked with Crosby in Pittsburgh, and then again in Nova Scotia — Johnston is from Dartmouth, Crosby from Cole Harbour — and was impressed with how Crosby handles himself off the ice.
“Look, if you want to have a leader in sports, the first thing I think the leader has to do is set an example,” Johnston said. “He sets a great example.
“You don't ever question his work ethic. You don't ever question his commitment. For a guy his age coming into the NHL and carrying the load that he's carried, I believe he's done a phenomenal job.
“Do we have to lessen the load? Yes.”
Johnston pointed to the importance of veteran leaders such as forwards Chris Kunitz, Pascal Dupuis and Craig Adams, as well as defenseman Paul Martin.
Another key part will be letting fellow franchise center Evgeni Malkin and goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury be themselves.
“We just have to lean on those guys' ability to lead,” Johnston said. “And the guys with the Fleury- and Malkin-type energy and humor, let them balance the group out a little bit.”
I've never been one to focus on pressure. Pressure, for me, comes when I don't feel like I'm doing a good job — just like a player. Trust me, I will put more pressure on myself than anyone else ever will. No offense, but I don't really read the papers much. I trust my staff and the people I'm close with. You have to be true to yourself, true to your instincts. Just be who you are. That's what I'll do. I'm very excited about this.
-Mike Johnston, head coach of the Pittsburgh Penguins on dealing with pressure. Read more from Josh Yohe of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review who did a Q & A with Johnston.
The Pittsburgh Penguins are expected to introduce Mike Johnston as their new head coach.
It is scheduled to start at 12:30pm ET and you can watch it below...
added 12:37pm, Penguins press release on Mike Johnston is below the video...
The Pittsburgh Penguins are expected to introduce Mike Johnston as their new head coach at a news conference at Noon et/9am pt, according to TSN Hockey Insider Darren Dreger.
Johnston has worked the last five seasons behind the bench with the WHL's Portland Winterhawks, leading them to a berth in the Memorial Cup tournament in 2013.
Prior to joining the Winterhawks in 2008, he worked with the Los Angeles Kings and Vancouver Canucks as an associate coach.