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Perspective on Mike Johnston from a lifelong Portland WinterHawks fan

@CoachKoby is a lifelong Portland Winterhawks fan. We reached out to him for some perspective on Mike Johnston. I’m from Oregon and grew up going to Winterhawks games in Portland. The guys asked me for my thoughts on the Pens new coach Mike Johnston who spent the last six seasons as the head coach and general manager here in Portland. So here’s my fan’s perspective of what...
Via The Pensblog
15 days ago  |  Discuss

Mike Johnston’s Priority, Get Sidney Crosby Right Again

from Bob Smizik of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Johnston’s greatest challenge will not be installing a system that will best utilize the Penguins’‍ superior offensive talent. No, what he needs to do is find out what’s wrong with Sidney Crosby and fix it. Beat reporter Rob Rossi, appearing on “The David Todd Show” on 970 ESPN Wednesday, talked at some length about...
Via Kukla's Korner
16 days ago  |  Discuss

Penguins hire Rick Tocchet as assistant coach

He had been itching to get behind the bench and out of the TV studio for the past four years since leaving the Tampa Bay Lighting. And on Wednesday afternoon, CSN television hockey analyst Rick Tocchet got his wish by accepting a job as Mike Johnston’s assistant with the Pittsburgh Penguins. The 50-year-old Tocchet, who won a Stanley Cup in 1992 as a Penguin, signed a three-year...
Via Pro Sports Daily
16 days ago  |  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
17 days ago  |  Discuss

Mike Johnson is the Penguins’ New Coach

Told Mike Johnston contract is complete. 3 year agreement to coach the Pittsburgh Penguins. #TSN — Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) June 25, 2014 Best of luck jumping into the hot seat, Mike.
Via The Pensblog
17 days ago  |  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...
17 days ago  |  Discuss

Penguins may be interested in Portland Winterhawks’ Mike Johnston

Does this count as interviewing a "renegade coach?" The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review's Rob Rossi reports that Pittsburgh Penguins GM Jim Rutherford has something of a fall-back plan: “My concentration right now is on a guy that would have been on my original list, but I was told he had a commitment,” Rutherford said Tuesday. Rutherford would not identify his...
Via Kukla's Korner
17 days ago  |  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. ...
Via The PensNation
17 days ago  |  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
18 days ago  |  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
27 days ago  |  Discuss
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