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A lack of an extension for Penguins head coach Mike Sullivan is already a story and will continue to be until some ink gets signed to paper.
The latest developments, though, now have the Penguins setting themselves up for even more of a distraction if they get off to a slow start and Sullivan does indeed enter the season as lame-duck coach. With Penguin ownership said to be lukewarm on paying a coach $4-$5 million per season, a price Sullivan would easily command on the open market, all bets are off on whether Sullivan gets at least the security of a one year extension before the season.
The hiring of Calder Cup Champion Mike Vellucci on Friday as the Wilkes Barre/Scranton Penguins’ new bench boss can be looked at as a forward thinking move until told otherwise. Vellucci gets to reunite with Jim Rutherford who has known Vellucci for over 20 years and the two are very close.
You do the math where this is eventually headed.
Whether he gets an extension of not, Mike Sullivan enters just a fascinating season on whether he can get the room to buy back into him.
Sources say the Phil Kessel situation has some in the organization fearing Sullivan may never get the room back. Kessel is very popular among the core players and the Penguins trying to make Kessel the scapegoat all summer will do nothing to help Sullivan’s cause as multiple players in the room feel the entire situation was initially so coach driven.
Sullivan has been the lead-horse over the last year in a half in believing that Kessel’s gambling ways has had a negative impact on younger players and talk among players is Penguins coaches do not like Kessel and K[hide]ris Letang’s close relationship with the team believing Kessel played a part in impacting Kris Letang negative attitude in tuning out the coaches late in the season. Not to mention the Evgeni Malkin BS the Penguins are trying to sell in blaming Kessel for Malkin’s underwhelming season and issues Malkin caused in meetings, ect.
This just isn’t sitting well with players in the room that has the chance to get worse when Kessel is eventually traded as trading Kessel without a better return coming Pittsburgh’s way isn’t going to absolve the festering attitudes towards Sullivan.
— While a deal would certainly be complicated because of the cap, there’s been some chatter in league circles this week about Pittsburgh and Vegas reigniting the Phil Kessel trade talks early this week, something Kessel’s agent Wade Arnott has been aggressively pushing to do for several weeks. Vegas along with Arizona have been the two primary teams the Kessel camp has been working to orchestrate a trade too.
–Discussions have continued this week between Penguins GM Jim Rutherford and agent To read this insider news, subscribe to get “Inside Access”!
Why in the hell do we need Cullen – Cut the cord JR – this is BS!
PK to Arizona
Pierre Oliver Joseph and Galchenyuk for Kessel and a 4th
Maybe some of DePaoli’s best writing yet.
Look at all the new handles on this article. Am I to believe new posters or 2nd accounts?
Stan has more accounts ?
Can’t believe I still pay for this site….
You do? I didnt reup like 6 years ago and my account still works.
Yeah I was joking…but really the joke is on me for still coming here since this site began….
Back to not posting for a few years
If Cullen is valuable and a locker room leader offer him some form of development or coaching position. There is no need for him on the ice. He will be taking the spot of someone younger and much faster.
How come there was only one round in this year’s draft??
do you think anybody really cares about the mlb or nhl draft beyond round 1?
They all have big flaws, are young kids, have high rates of failure and nobody has ever seen any of them before. This isn’t the nfl or nba draft where you’ve heard of 90% of the kids drafted in all rounds.
the list goes on…. the first round is easy, scouts earn their money after round 1 where a lot of teams are made. You are just like Sam(e), ignorant in your history.
Why do you try?The dude is simple and Sam is his BFF.
How many failed in rounds 2-7? You think any writer is going to spend their time covering every pick in those rounds expecting to have an audience that is going to care enough to read about all those picks?
Cullen signed yet?
The pajama account is drooling for him.
kessel, letang, and malkin will all be back to start the season. the pens will go about 5-20 to start the season and then they’ll can sullivan. i think there is nothing more obvious in the world than those three quitting on the coach. quitting on a coach is not cool, but on the other hand, playing simon and aston reese in the top six isn’t going to sit well with superstars.
Maybe an update on the developmental camp will be in tomorrow’s Daily Five???
No articles, then 1 about everything we all read on websites weeks ago
Get lost fatso
Cullen has nothing left in the tank. Why would you offer him anything other than a position within the organization NOT as a player?
Problem is letting him play every game. He can still play and mentor by playing 60. Used him waaaaaay too much
By this point Crosby, Malkin Hornqvist and Letang should be the mentors and locker room leaders. There is no need for him to play.
Sullivan is a scumbag and is hated by the players? Who would have ever thought that!
Thanks for the cups, move on Tortarella Jr.
Choosing to believe this DePaoli article? Ok.
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