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Penguins fire Johnston, name Sullivan coach

Saturday, 12.12.2015 / 11:41 AM / News

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Mike Sullivan has been named 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.

To read more from the Penguins website, CLICK HERE.

http://www.nhl.com/ice/news.htm?id=792341&navid=nhl:topheads

 

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10 minutes ago, oldnews said:

They should have traded Johnston to Columbus for Torture-fella.

Re-unite him and Sullivan.

Let Torts have a go with Kessel.  Now that would be entertaining.

For those counting, Mike Sullivan is Phil Kessel's seventh head coach in 10 NHL seasons.

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17 minutes ago, Mackcanuck said:

Kessel kills another Coach

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no words needed

The Pens do not have the octane to run an up tempo style offense nor the talent only way to stay is a two way playing style .I expect they will fall more in standings 

they do not have the depth to play one way hockey. 

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Like I said in another thread.


Since 2013 the Pens have traded something like 7 or 8 prospects and if I recall another 7 or 8 picks between the 1st and 5th rounds.  They have no depth and little to no futures.

 

Their best bet now is to simply accept the inevitable and trade either Crosby or Malkin because Kessel isn't going anywhere and having something like 40 million in payroll between 4 or 5 players in Crosby Fleury Malkin Letang and Kessel  isn't winning you squat but mediocrity

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30 minutes ago, Mackcanuck said:

All these words describe GM Rutherford

Yep, things started to go south after Rutherford took over.

Hurricanes owner ripped Rutherford after Rutherford traded for Kessel and said it would blow up like Semin and his 35 million dollars contract (http://www.sportsnet.ca/hockey/nhl/carolina-hurricanes-owner-peter-karmanos-rips-pittsburgh-penguins-gm-jim-rutherford/).

Rutherford was never that great of a manager. Hurricanes had that one monster season in 2005-06 but other than that, they never had a 100 point season in all those years that he was their GM.

 

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6 minutes ago, khay said:

Yep, things started to go south after Rutherford took over.

Hurricanes owner ripped Rutherford after Rutherford traded for Kessel and said it would blow up like Semin and his 35 million dollars contract (http://www.sportsnet.ca/hockey/nhl/carolina-hurricanes-owner-peter-karmanos-rips-pittsburgh-penguins-gm-jim-rutherford/).

Rutherford was never that great of a manager. Hurricanes had that one monster season in 2005-06 but other than that, they never had a 100 point season in all those years that he was their GM.

 

Totally agree.

 

I have often shaken my head at how they seriously thought Rutherford would be better than Shero.  Shero was guilty of trading to win now and guilty of some ugly contracts but Rutherford...well...look no further than the last decade in Carolina barring 2005/2006

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