It took Jim Rutherford a minute, but he finally figured out how to operate the electric blinds in his new office at Consol Energy Center.
Then he looked out the window and smiled, a near perfect summer complete.
In fact, only one aspect from this summer seems to make Rutherford bristle, that being the notion that Mike Johnston wasn't his first choice to coach the Penguins....
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...
Mike Johnston understands that much of his success as coach of the Penguins will hinge on the performances of franchise centers Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin.
That's why Johnston visited Nova Scotia and Moscow this offseason to spend time with Crosby and Malkin — in their home countries, on their own turf.
It also is why Johnston not-so-subtly pointed out during an interview...
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...
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.
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...
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...
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...
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
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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...