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from the Pittsburgh Penguins,
Pittsburgh Penguins head coach Mike Sullivan has signed a three-year contract extension through the 2019-20 season, it was announced today by executive vice president and general manager Jim Rutherford.
"Mike did the best coaching job in the NHL last season," Rutherford said. "He continues to be a terrific coach and we are happy to give him a well-deserved extension."
Since taking over a Penguins' team that sat outside of a playoff spot when he was hired on Dec. 12, 2015, the 48-year old Sullivan has:
from Dan Rosen of NHL.com,
Let's look at the big picture first. Coming off the Cup championship, the challenges of the summer, the challenge of trying to recreate things at a time in the season when it's not as stressful, has it been difficult to deal with it all? Has it been what you expected?
"We expected some challenges along the way. Maybe our early struggles of consistency was something we might have expected going into this and trying to make sure we focus our guys on a forward thinking mindset. This is a new season, a new challenge. We're a new team even though we have a lot of returning players. That's really the message we've been trying to send to our group, is having that forward thinking mindset and not necessarily looking in the rearview mirror. We've tried to take the lessons learned from the Stanley Cup experience, but by no means do we want to dwell on it. We want to move by it and look forward to this new challenge.
"I think the biggest challenge is and has been is just that reinvestment in how much of an investment it takes to win in this league. It's a real competitive league. It doesn't matter where a team sits in the standings; if your team going into a game is not ready to play from a mindset standpoint and a commitment standpoint, then you run the risk of getting beat on any given night regardless of who you play. That reinvestment day in and day out, game in and game out, is something we're really trying to challenge our guys with."
from Shawn P. Roarke of NHL.com,
On the first of two days with the Stanley Cup, a day Mike Sullivan wasn't sure would ever come, the Pittsburgh Penguins coach refused to occupy the limelight.
Instead, Sullivan insisted the people who helped him write his story and the people who will write the next chapters of the long and glorious history of the Stanley Cup be the center of attention.
That was the mandate he and his wife of 25 years, Kate, had as they sat down and planned out his two-day itinerary with the trophy.
"We wanted to share it with as many people as we can that have had an influence in our life, but also the next generation coming up," Sullivan said during the first stop, at Boston College High School, during a jam-packed itinerary Wednesday that also included stops at Boston University and Marshfield Country Club before a private gathering at the Sullivan home. "I think [the Stanley Cup] is a great inspiration."
From the Globe and Mail's James Mirtle:
The explanation that’s been given on the broadcasts and in most of the coverage is that the Penguins are winning with speed, and that’s true to a point. They’re the smaller, quicker team, as is typically the case in the Eastern Conference. Increasingly, it seems to be what wins in the NHL.
But Pittsburgh skaters such as Ian Cole, Ben Lovejoy and Nick Bonino, among others, aren’t particularly fast players. Part of what’s winning this series for the Penguins is tactics. Coach Mike Sullivan deserves credit for being able to take advantage of his team’s strengths – offensive talent and ability with the puck throughout the lineup – and the Sharks weaknesses – some bigger, slower players down the lineup who mishandle the puck.
San Jose’s strength, meanwhile – dominating the cycle deep in the offensive zone – has been mitigated by the fact only Joe Thornton’s line is spending much time there.
Those tactics were talked about a little bit after Game 3. Instead of the traditional dump and chase, the Penguins are using more of a chip and chase – placing pucks in good spots in the neutral zone or the shallow portion of the offensive zone and skating into them. Their no-name D (aside from Kris Letang) has done a nice job of breaking the puck out assertively and finding the forwards with this simple approach in mind.
Continued with analysis from Ray Ferraro, Chris Johnston, Jamie Baker and coach Pete DeBoer
Penguins coach Mike Sullivan comments on the Kris Letang hit on Marcus Johansson in Game 3.
FYI- Barry Trotz basically said let the league handle it.
If you missed the Letang hit, watch it here.
from Frank Seravalli of TSN,
With Pittsburgh’s defence, breakouts might not be clean or pretty. That’s fine with Sullivan. Former players say Sullivan isn’t keen on cute passes. The goal is to get the puck to the stars as quickly as possible - by whatever means necessary.
“He wants to get the puck into forwards’ hands,” said defenceman David Warsofsky, who played for Sullivan in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. “If you look at the forwards we have here, they’ve got to be the best in the league. He wants guys to play to their strengths. He’s big on not guys blowing the zone, but once we get control to take off.”
The trickle-down effect will help. Knowing Crosby, Kessel (9 goals) and Malkin (13 goals) may once again be flying through the neutral zone could cause opposing defences to sit back and be less aggressive, allowing more room for Pittsburgh’s defencemen to get the puck out.
“By no means do I want to take the stick out of the players’ hands,” Sullivan said. “I think we’ve got an offensively gifted group. Certainly, we want to stay out of the way…what we would like them to do is have some calculated risk and make the appropriate decision.”
The payoff is potentially season altering. Sullivan said he does not believe the Penguins need to sacrifice defence in order to make it work. With Johnston, offence and defence seemed to be an either/or scenario. In Sullivan’s mind, his style doesn’t need to turn into a “chance-for-chance high-risk game.”
“I don’t know that you have to cheat to create offence,” Sullivan said. “I don’t know that there’s a trade-off. If you play the right way, you can score goals and you can also keep the puck out of the net.”
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 the Globe & Mail:
Mike Sullivan is returning to the Tampa Bay Lightning bench.
The NHL team has named him associate coach, a position he held with the Lightning last season.
“He’s been here and knows the players well, and he’s an upgrade to the overall quality of our coaching,” Lightning general manager Brian Lawton said in a release Tuesday. “Mike is highly respected throughout the league and has been successful as a head coach at the NHL, AHL and international levels.”
from the St. Petersburg Times,
Tortorella said he wants Sullivan, 39, to take even more responsibility, lead team meetings and be a presence in the locker room, when necessary, to keep the message fresh.
“I’m tired of hearing myself talk, really,” Tortorella said. “The evolution of this team right now is to hear a different voice and a man with different ideas who is willing to challenge to get his ideas across. Sully has the strength to handle that.”