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Mike Johnston On The Hot Seat?

11/17/2015 at 7:43am EST

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.”

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