Penguins clean house with Mike Sullivan’s top assistants
Mike Sullivan will return for the 2020-2021 season. That was always a given as Sullivan begins the start of a new four year extension that pays him over $3.To read this insider news, subscribe to get “Inside Access”!
But, a message has been quickly sent by Penguins’ GM Jim Rutherford.
Rutherford today announced the team will not renew the contracts of top assistants Jacques Martin, Mark Recchi and Sergei Gonchar.
As Sullivan’s message has gotten stale, it’s a complete cleaning house of Sullivan’s staff that was driven by the General Manager, not the coach.
“We just thought we needed to change the dynamic of our coaching staff,” Rutherford said in a released statement. “We have very high standards here in Pittsburgh, and we want to continue competing for Stanley Cups. The message to our fans is that we are not rebuilding, we’re retooling.”
Without fully naming the coaching staff, much of what Rutherford said in Tuesday’s end of the season press conference was an indictment of the coaching staff.
“There’s been a pattern in both seasons,” Rutherford said. “My concern [hide] is when things don’t go our way, we start to fizzle out. We don’t have that same drive and determination that we should have and that we need to have,” Rutherford said of the team showing the same patterns in losing to the Islanders and Canadiens the last two postseasons.”
“There’s a few challenges here. Aside from change in the make of things, different ideas, different approach, younger, determined players, it’s probably fixing the power play. Usually when you’re trying to fix the power play, you’re searching and you’re saying, we’ve got to go out and find a player or two. We’ve got enough guys on the power play that can be successful. It’s so frustrating to watch us go time and time again and not get good scoring chances……You don’t have to be around hockey long to watch the group of guys that we have on the ice and just be puzzled as to why that can’t happen. There’s a number of things that we have to try to change.”
Those comments were a bad sign for Mark Recchi…..
The biggest dynamic with the sweeping changes to Sullivan’s staff is the loyalty powerful people in the organization had to specific individuals.
Jacques Martin who was pawned on Dan Bylsma’s staff way back in 2013-2014, had a great admirer in owner Mario Lemieux as Martin was always a favorite of Lemieux’s. Mark Recchi had longed been a favorite of Rutherford’s on a personal and professional level, while Mike Sullivan has been said to have had a ton of loyalty towards Recchi who played a major factor behind the scenes in the Penguins hiring Sullivan in the summer of 2015. [/hide]
Despite being a Hall-of-Famer, Recchi is said to have struggled to garner X’s and O’s respect from the core players and that was often a challenge for Recchi, sources say.
While he was well liked by players, sources say S[hide]idney Crosby never embraced Recchi’s coaching qualities and ability to the extent he did towards Rick Tocchet and some believe that had a trickle down effect.
Early reaction from a couple NHL sources is the most surprising news of the firings being Sergei Gonchar who was being groomed to eventually replace Jacques Martin as the top defensive assistant and prior to this series, there were rumblings of that being the organizations likely plan after this season as contracts for Martin and Gonchar were set to expire.
Mike Sullivan has the luxury of a four year contract that keeps his seat from being hot but Jim Rutherford certainly fired some warning shots today with the dismantling of his staff.[/hide]
Democratic National convention begins today. Now expect mental cases like npl everywhere
Says the only person who brings up politics on here.
What a heads up play in Vancouver tonight leading direct to the 2nd goal by the Canucks. Quiz… name the blueliner playing the left side who over pursued a puck that was headed to the right side parters ice… then skated into said partner at retrieval at the blueline coughing the puck up to the most dangerous player in Vancouver?
Lehner 2 goals on 6 shots. Wish it was fleury in net more chance Hawks be swept
Hawks survived thanks to lehner.
Looks like fleury will be in for the next game
Hawks survived thanks to Crawford. I know you have a hard time spelling so I corrected it for you.
Capitsls lost 2,-1 OT down 3-0 in the series wohoo
Can’t blame Holtby. He played pretty good. They are a different team without Backstrom. That guy is a good player.
Holtby was great his best game of the playoffs…. How serious is Backstrom injured does anybody know? Also any news on 20 year old Hurricane Svenchekov??? How is his injury?
Carolina Hurricanes head coach Rod Brind’Amour “highly doubts” forward Andrei Svechnikov will return this postseason after suffering an apparent leg injury in Game 3 versus the Boston Bruins, according to The Athletic’s Sara Civian.
Brind’Amour added that he doesn’t have an official injury update yet, and that Svechnikov was undergoing an MRI
I wonder if Letang and the 15th pick can get the Pens into the top 10. Probably not but would love for him to fukk off.
That would get them a second round pick.
2nd? I doubt Vegas woukd ship their absurdly overpaid back up back to Pittsburgh as a salary dump for that lol
Yeah they need to play Trotman more often
Can’t trade Letang. Who do you replace him with? Marino isn’t ready for those minutes. They can’t afford a UFA dman. Just cut his minutes back.
Yes you theory is good cut back his minutes…get him off the power play !! You can’t have a point man on the power play who can’t or wont shoot. All the good teams have guys that will shoot. T.J Brodie nice slapshot goal the other night Calgary Haydeb Fluery goal from the point Carolina Shea Weber bombs it Montreal Quinn hughes Vancouver Victor Hedman Tampa great goal from just inside the blue line Goesthisber Flyers scores JOnes Werenski Columbus all these guys cause havoc getting shots though to the net Yes we can afford a UFA defenseman We are… Read more »
I would not include Goesthisber on that list. He has literally been a ghost. No pun intended.
Don’t hold your breath on Sheary or JJ leaving just yet. I really hope to never see either one of them in Pens jersey again but I do not fully trust JR anymore. He has moments of genius as a GM and then he sabotages his own design.
8.6m spent on his cottage.Now ZeroTool’s hero TruDope wants to tax on houses for us.
Must be proud of your beta male leader
Tell him to tax his mom for the stolen money
I’ve decided to vote for the liberal party again next election! Only because you already think I do and it will piss you off. That and Polliviere is such a fucken cuntt he’s almost trump like. But ya, if Trudeau dropped a writ today I’m voting his way in hopes a liberal majority kills you
While everyone don’t care about Canadian politics here I know we all can agree sams a fucken dumb cuntt. The cottage in question is a political one owned by the country and renovation benefits anyone in power. Means that if sams mad max won he’d also benefit and would also renovate because it was long overdue. Basically more proof sams a fucken idiot eating controversy where none exists but is fine with Drumpf earning millions from his appointments because sams a massive hypocrite
I’m sure he would renovate for 8.6m.
Trudeau didn’t set the cost you stupid fucken moron! That was the cost to renovate… the end
Shitt like this is why to costs ballooned…
While this sam level fucken idiot was ignoring the experts the places he occupied fell further into disrepair and he was still building massive deficits for no good fucken reason but now it’s a problem we are renovating the properties occupied by leaders for 100 years. You’re so fucken dumb dude, this isn’t banter or me just taking a shot. You’re actually fucken rare stupid! I’m shocked you’ve survived this long
Why poilievre is a cunt ? Because he tells the true and opens your beta male idols asss wide open so u can fuckkk him
Hey assholee even if you dont vote for him the damage is done by you voting for him the first time. Since then he have been getting. Mass immigration to this country and they are also getting permanent residency. So yea he will get his votes by these freeloaders you let them in.
Now go back on your knees and change his socks
Nope, because he’s a revisionist obnoxious assfuckenhole… much like yourself
I’m glad we are allowing a replacement labour force into the country. Especially if it means we don’t need someone as fucken dumb as you are to procreate
Apparently fleury sucked tonight vs the same team that took care of mcdavids team
Waited for a 2-0 lead vs a team where Toews was good enough to beat a 30 year doormat but was meh since 2015 and sammich sprouts a chubby
They did not want MAF closing out the series. Lol.
He won gave up 1 goal played well..what are you smoking.. lol
Tuukka Rask opted out of playoffs to be with family. I can’t say I blame him. He did not seem to be into the whole bubble system to begin with:
Whatever happened to Stan? I hope COVID didn’t get him.
He has been fine 1or 2 weeks later he closed his account. He opened carramrod account
Same like npl these fat democrats get free money from the government so they have the luxury to own a few accounts here specially npl he had 4 accounts here at some point
Sam(e), why don’t you give yourself 75 thumbs anymore? Did your mom fall on tough times and close your other accounts?
But not as much as npl
forgot Nick Pukestad…needs to go..
He needs to be “treated.”
This is the type of dumb jokes Stan used to do.
Well as long as npl and zeroTool doesn’t think your Stan then your not.
What? He needs to go! He should be treaded.
iI’m afraid to ask who is Stan ?
Its one of carramrods multiple accounts
Sam(e) “thinks” I am an old poster on here named Stan. Funny part is we were both posting on here at the same time and Sam(e) is the only one on here who def had a secondary account bc he used to pump up his own threads with 75 plus thumbs up. No one agrees with him that much and you can not thumbs up your own posts so his mom gave him money for a second account and since I called him out on his sad attempt to feel important he started accusing me of being Stan. What do… Read more »
Go fool brain deads like Tool and npl you puke
Name calling because he has no leg to stand on.
Sam think rod is Stanchion! Because it would be just like Stan to be duplicitous in this scenario. It was so part of his character! That’s the best part of this! Same has no fucken clue who Stan was despite interacting with him for years.
He also thought the board was stupid for not believing you were yoda… so there is also that nugget that should really hit home the point of how stupid Sam is
I never said hockey waa yoda that was you and your crew.
Actually you did. Nice try though.
Naw dummy, just like the Stan and Rod thing… I’m not a fucken idiot and can clearly see they are not the same as I was able to with Hockey11 and Yoda… you straight up did think Hockey11 was yoda however
Not think… know because we are not fucken stupid
Everyone is throwing dirt on the Penguins…Stop !!! Oh yeah before I start this post to all those that gave me shit (and you know who you are) about trying to get defenseman Marco Scandella for the Pens at the deadline..(I took major shit for repeating that offer.).kiss my ass He is starting tonight for the defending Stanley cup champion Blues VERSUS Vancouver with Colton Parankyo on defense. . Don’t think he is better than Schultz and Johnson’s performance or Pettersson for that matter vs Montreal.. Ok— – Add a top 4 defenseman to play with young blossoming john Marino… Read more »
He was -1 in a 5-2 drubbing by a team who has no business being in the series haha
JJ and Schultz were shit but you wanted to add Scandella to that…
And you drooled over shultz when he first arrived to the penguins. You and Stan literary had a countdown clock for letang departure
Actually you fucken idiot… I was very unhappy with the initial trade. Because he was an Oiler and I seen him suck out loud first hand for years so go fuckk yourself you stupid cuntt. Then he blossomed into a solid top 4 blue liner who added a different dimension on the power play because he can actually hit the fucken net unlike Letang. It wasn’t until 2017 when Letang missed 41 fucken games and the playoffs where Schultz stepped up significantly that it was even seriously suggested by anyone. Even then it had way more to do with your… Read more »
Fuck off zero LOL Scandella has played so well for the Blues. He is starting playing and playing on the penalty kill. Saved the day tonight 3-3 in OT cleared a dangerous rebound away from Binnington.. Scandella is playing well so not sure of your bias or unwillingness to admit you actually misjudged something….Sign of a weak man I guess !!! He has been better than any Penguins defenseman in these playoffs…..and starting for the defending Cup champs. You are freaking delusional if you think Schultz, Johnson or even Pettersson is better. Scandella has played well for the Blues…I’m not… Read more »
“Starting for the defending champs”… Blues now down 2-0… defending champs now have to win 2 in Vancouver. That Scandella trade was clearly a game breaker lol
And where are the schultz, johnson and the Penguins???
Had either been traded to the blues at the deadline? They’d be starting right now genius lol
Scandella is still playing isn’t he??
Well… his team was in no danger of not playing in this round as he arrived… or in the first round so… I guess that’s an accomplishment?
Pens keep 2020 pick. Send 2021 to Minnesota.
MAKES SENSE..CAN GET A GOOD PLAYER AT #15 ..CAPITALS LOST TOO. WOHOO.
by the way, vegas is going to win the cup this year. everytime the saint is removed his team wins the cup. true story.
Even tho I think your single minded approach to the subject while simultaneously swinging from Murray’s nuts for the exact same scenario is pathetic as fuck… I’d laugh if Vegas pulled it off with Lehner
lets face it, malkin and letang are a waste and are eating up 17 million in cap space. there isn’t a GM in the league who would take on their cap hits so the pens are stuck with them. plus they have a coach with an absurd contract who prefers tanev over kessel so they have zero chance with him behind the bench ever again. sullivan behind the bench is gone to the realm of tomlin. zero chance with either of those guys. here is what the pens need to do: trade sid for 2 first round picks and 2… Read more »
This post screams “I NEED ATTENTION!!!!!”
your reply screams i’m a yinzer who believes the pens are still relevant.
Ashton Kutcher Reese.
i meant to write trashcan
I know. Just messing with you.
Who the hell is going to give up 2 first and 2 round picks for a guy who just turned 33 yrs old with concussion issues, is just about past his prime and missed almost 30 games this yr. He is not 19 anymore. You people are nuts.
everyone. aren’t too many guys who are going to put up 100 points next year.
I agree but there is no guarantee he will and at this point in his career he is not worth 2 number 1’s and 2 number 2’s. Any team that is that close to winning a cup and will to sacrifice their future will most likely not have those picks in the cub bard to spare and if they did they would just get a few players who will stay healthy instead of one who can not. Sorry, on draft day he was worth that for a 15 yr future, not now.
People make absurd trades on here.
crosby is still the best player in the NHL. he just plays with a permant piece of trash on his RW and plays for a moron coach. believe me, if sid played for the bruins or the caps he’d put up 130 points.
AGreed hopefully the will get a decent UFS right wing for Crosby.
the only reason rutherford and sullivan are here is because of the uncertain finances that are in play for next season. i’m not kidding when i say people are terrified of covid and people are super pissed about the BLM tribute to start the playoffs. They aren’t getting anyone in that rink next year. Now is not the time to cut out millions of dollars in checks to rutherford and sullivan and send them packing.
Imagine being so plssed about black people wanting to not be murdered by police that you dont go to a hockey game. Lol foh
i’m not judging how people feel or don’t feel, it’s just a fact of life, when businesses get political and get woke, they go broke. repubulicans and democrats have something very in common, they both spend green money. getting political is not a good business model.
When businesses get political… remember in 72 when the Soviet Canada series nearly killed the sport because it was being used as an exhibition for western ideology vs communism?
I believe he is talking about the burning, killing, looting, and rioting by BLM!
Get rid of Jack Johnson, somehow someway. Retain and replace him with Riikola. “Dude can play.”
Replace Schultz with Barrie, let him QB the PP.
Trading Letang seems unlikely so reduce his minutes. The 2nd year Marino and Barrie should play more on the right side.
Shultz was brought in to reduce Letang’s mins… that never happened.
Sam.. t j brodie a nuch better all sround defenseman than Tyson barrie w ho is wesk on defense which is why we lost in the 1st round .
They need to fix the powerplay. Barrie would do that because they’d have a true PP QB. Theyve been atrocious on the PP in the playoffs the past 2 years. 17% and 9%(!!) wont cut it. That, and getting Letang off the ice more, would be huge for this team.
Martin was a terrible coach but the only way this defense gets better is if they trade Letang. This dude is unable to play a structured game and will make any D coach look bad.
Martin allowed to walk today… looks like sam was right again hahahaha
Wrong move. Martin was a big part of the 2 Stanley cups even sully said he relied on him. With no Martin penguins would’ve not won the 2 Stanley cups with the D squad they had. Imagine found a way to win the cup with letang being injured in the playoffs. Of course you don’t understand that since you switch sucking cockss on daily basis
Who’s cockk you are on now Trudeau,malkin or sully
I think Recchi should have been let go. That power play is a joke. He never looked like he was confident behind the bench. The comment about Sid seems petty. Sid had no hand in letting Recchi go. I would have kept Martin. I would have used him up in the press box. Surprised Mario is a fan of him since he is more of a defense type style of play. I thought Gonchar did wonders with Schultz when he first arrived. Schultz hasn’t been the same player since his injury. Marino played great this year and I’m sure Gonchar… Read more »
Without Malkin the Pens would not have won 3 SC but he should have been “treated” back in 09’.
The Defense looked better without Letang! Maybe it wasn’t just Martin… Hmmmm????
So was Murray, Malkin, Kessel and Sheary you dumb ************.
It’s crazy how you seem to actually understand a concept but are so fucken biased that you literally can’t let this concept influence how you feel about those you’ve chosen to hate
Sully won’t be relying on anyone half way through next year.