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Insider Only Source: Coaches, Management in disagreement on goaltending plan for rest of season

The way Mike Sullivan operates as head coach of the Penguins, at least for the short-term with the Penguins battling for a playoff spot, is with his eye only on getting points. As those close to the situation say, he doesn’t give a damn about the politics.

He could care less that Ian Cole was just given a three year contract this past summer and is sitting in the press box with a $2.1 million cap hit, or that management is disappointed, some say furious, with his handling of Sergei Plotnikov in putting Plotnikov in exile by coming to the decision early into his coaching tenure that Plotnikov was not an NHL caliber player and would not be part of his lineup under any circumstances.

“Sully is in complete control of lineup decisions,” as one team source said.

Sullivan has dictated who comes up and who plays on a game-by-game basis, getting his way with every decision, the latest being the Penguins callup of Matt Murray to dress today vs the Buffalo Sabres.

However, here’s where things get interesting.

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