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MIKE JOHNSTON RUMORS

Pens' Head Coach Mike Johnston Wants To "Lessen the Load" for Sidney Crosby

New Pittsburgh Penguins' head coach, Mike Johnston, told the media that he wants to "Lessen the load" for team captain Sidney Crosby. Johnston told Tribune-Review reporter Jason Mackey "Do we have to lessen the load? Yes. We have to ensure that other players on our team take some of the responsibility off his shoulders — both in leadership and also in performance...
Via PensInitiative
17 days ago  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Penguins Head Coach Mike Johnston Wants To “Lessen The Load” On Sidney Crosby

from Jason Mackey of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Johnston talked with Crosby in Pittsburgh, and then again in Nova Scotia — Johnston is from Dartmouth, Crosby from Cole Harbour — and was impressed with how Crosby handles himself off the ice. “Look, if you want to have a leader in sports, the first thing I think the leader has to do is set an example,” Johnston...
Via Kukla's Korner
20 days ago  |  Discuss

Madden: Malkin not impressed by Johnston

This was tucked away inside of Mark Madden’s latest piece Evgeni Malkin met with new Penguins coach Mike Johnston in Russia, and Malkin was reportedly not impressed. Hmm. If this is true, this sounds awkward.
Via The Pensblog
August 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Rob Rossi’s Malkin/Johnston column faces harsh criticism. Should it?

Ryan Wilson of HockeyBuzz took Rob Rossi behind the woodshed over Rossi’s Mike Johnston/Malkin piece. [ Playtime is over, for baseless narratives ] Over the years we’ve seen this battle fought many times. While we don’t believe Rossi is intending to be overly critical of Malkin, his writing does seem to sometimes make it look like what he is saying is fact, rather than the...
Via The Pensblog
July 25, 2014  |  Discuss

An Important Trip To Moscow For Mike Johnston

from Rob Rossi of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Evgeni Malkin finally is ready to listen, so new Penguins coach Mike Johnston better say all the right words. The season could be at stake. Johnston leaves this weekend for Moscow, where he will spend four days with his most important player. Win over Malkin, and Johnston would take the biggest step toward turning the...
Via Kukla's Korner
July 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Penguins To Hire Mike Johnston as Head Coach

Source: Don Healy, Leader-Post The Pittsburgh Penguins are expected to announce Mike Johnston as the 21st Head Coach in franchise history today at a news conference at 12:30 PM. Johnston joins the Penguins after having success as the head coach/general manager of the WHL’s Portland Winterhawks. Johnston also has experience as an assistant coach in the NHL where he spent time with...
Via The PensNation
June 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Report: Mike Johnston To Be Named Pittsburgh Penguins’ Head Coach

The Pittsburgh Penguins finally have found their new bench boss. Mike Johnston will be named the Penguins’ new head coach on Wednesday, according to multiple reports. TSN’s Darren Dreger reports Johnston’s contract is a three-year deal, and the Pens are expected to make the move official on Wednesday afternoon. Mike Johnston expected to officially ne named coach of the Penguins...
Via NESN.com
June 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Crosby Has His Baton Again; Mike Johnston vs. Ron Wilson for Pens Coach?

By: Meesh Shanmugam (@HockeyMeesh) Some awards, a little free agency, and perhaps an end to the coaching search soon? Crosby Isn’t a Complete Loser This is Claude. Claude is sad. He dropped his baton. pic.twitter.com/vOADothYyj — Erin L (@Pixburgher66) June 25, 2014 This is Sidney. He picked up the baton. He loves his baton. Claude is still sad. pic.twitter.com/LAlBRnG0Gl ...
Via The PensNation
June 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Interesting points on Mike Johnston

Still don’t like the thought of a junior coach runnning the show, but hey, it is better than no coach. The PG dug up some coaching philosophy that Mike Johnston deploys. According to most, he is the favorite to get the Penguins job. Here are some of his talking points: SIX KEYS TO OFFENSIVE SUCCESS 1. Be a First Pass Team • Defense needs to look for the smart play • Allow...
Via The Pensblog
June 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Portland's Mike Johnston in mix for Canucks’ coaching job

You can add the name Mike Johnston to the list of Vancouver Canucks head coaching candidates. Canuck general manager Jim Benning acknowledged in a radio interview Friday that Johnston, who has spent the past five seasons as general manager and head coach of the WHL’s Portland Winterhawks, has interviewed for the job. “He has done an excellent job the last five years with Portland...
Via Pro Sports Daily
June 15, 2014  |  Discuss
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