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HotTake Tuesday: Mike Johnston and The N00bs

We’re serving up the HotTakes a little differently this week. It’s kind of a HotTake mix and mash. We’ll cover some topics in the beginning of the post and get to your questions in the latter half. Regardless of how they’re done, they’re always piping hot. So grab a nice hot cup of coffee, sit back, dig in, and enjoy this week’s serving of HotTakes. Show Me Your N00bs...
Via The PensNation
October 14, 2014  |  Discuss

GIF: Mike Johnston is ready for the season

Here is Mike Johnston acknowledging the people that will run him out of town one day.   What a point.  
Via The Pensblog
October 09, 2014  |  Discuss

ESPN Falls for the Mike Johnston taser story

It was funny when the Score fell for it. But ESPN.COM? Over the weekend theScore got burned by this fake tweet: wow RT @penguins: new Head Coach Mike Johnston says that “any players who dump the puck in while practicing will be hit with a taser” — Mike Darnay (@MikeDarnay) September 18, 2014 Four days later ESPN’s Katie Strang was none the wiser: All eyes are on Johnston...
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September 22, 2014  |  Discuss

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. He is a captain...
Via PensInitiative
August 28, 2014  |  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

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...
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. — Erin L (@Pixburgher66) June 25, 2014 This is Sidney. He picked up the baton. He loves his baton. Claude is still sad. ...
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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...
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June 24, 2014  |  Discuss

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