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
21 hours ago  |  Discuss

Mike Johnston hires explorers to search for Sidney Crosby’s playoff career

Awww just kidding. If you want to develop a hot take though, read “columnist,” Rob Rossi’s Malkin piece. “Malkin must take ownership of the dressing room. A coach implored him to do that once. It was Michel Therrien, and over the next two seasons, the Penguins belonged to Malkin as much as, if not more, than Crosby.” Takes a couple reads to understand the outlining fact...
Via The Pensblog
1 day ago  |  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
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Mike Johnston will fly to Russia to meet Evgeni Malkin

Getting on an airplane to fly overseas seems like a terrible idea right now. But Mike Johnston is. Oh, yea, he is going to Russia too. According to the Trib’s Josh Yohe, Johnston wants to meet with Malkin face-to-face. Anytime an article quotes someone formly involved with the CIA you know it is serious. The quote isn’t appearing on the trib site right now, but The Score grabbed...
Via The Pensblog
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Penguins hire Jacques Martin as senior adviser

Jacques Martin was named senior adviser of hockey operations for the Pittsburgh Penguins, the team announced Wednesday. Martin, 61, was an assistant last season on Dan Bylsma's coaching staff. Bylsma was fired after the season and replaced last month by Mike Johnston.
Via Pro Sports Daily
2 days ago  |  Discuss

From the Dub: Onward!

2014 is turning out to be the year of new beginnings, on and off the ice. In the past three weeks, the Portland Winterhawks have seen four players get drafted, bid farewell and best wishes to Head Coach and GM Mike Johnston and Assistant Coach Karl Taylor, and welcomed Jamie Kompon as their new Head Coach and GM. Further north, the coaching merry-go-round is in full swing as Derek...
Via Kukla's Korner
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Portland Seeks A New Coach For The Winterhawks

The Mike Johnston era in Portland is officially over. Speculation over the past few weeks with two NHL coaching vacancies led to speculation that Johnston was heavily included in the mix. Owner Bill Gallacher had acknowledged that he would not stand in the way of Mike should a pro deal come about. This season, there were two possibilities. First to come calling were the Vancouver...
Via Oregon Sports News
19 days ago  |  Discuss

Pens Initiative Grades The Pens Free Agency (So Far)

As the Pens are in the midst of day 3 of Free Agency, we at Pens Initiative think it's time to take a look back and assess what has happened so far.We know this off-season has brought about a new GM in Jim Rutherford and a new coach in Mike Johnston.  They also went through the draft and acquired some offensive talent there.  They traded away a fan favorite in James Neal for...
Via PensInitiative
22 days ago  |  Discuss

From Portland, with love

Here in the Rose City, news of Mike Johnston’s new role as head coach of the Pittsburgh Penguins is bittersweet. Since Coach Johnston arrived in Portland in 2008, Portland Winterhawks fans have grown accustomed to winning streaks, championship seasons and shiny objects. We are sad to see him go, but Winterhawks fans and players wish him all the best. So to my fellow Pittsburgh...
Via Kukla's Korner
28 days ago  |  Discuss

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
29 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
29 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
29 days ago  |  Discuss

TWEETCAP: Who is this guy?

Jim Rutherford finally has his man.  Sure those rejected offers from last week technically make this his third man, well, I sure am hoping he was at least the third best option.  Actually if he wasn’t, I’m positive Rutherford would have said it.  Nonetheless, Mike Johnston is by all accounts an actual man, and a man who has agreed to coach the Pittsburgh Penguins.  It...
Via The Pensblog
June 26, 2014  |  Discuss

Pensblog Podcast – June 25

Reaction to Mike Johnston, the “Playing to Lose” documentary and more. Adam, Derek and Rick are joined by several guests including Mike Colligan and @brianmcnulty11 (so you might be offended.)
Via The Pensblog
June 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Penguins Hire Mike Johnston

Penguins GM Jim Rutherford announced today that he hired Mike Johnston as the team’s new coach, ending a prolonged three-week search that began when Dan Bylsma was fired on June 6 and included at least one much-publicized swing and miss. Rutherford also announced that one-time Pens power forward Rick Tocchet joined the club as an assistant coach. Jacques Martin will remain with...
Via PenguinPoop
June 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Penguins To Hire Mike Johnston As New Head Coach

Marissa Baecker/Getty Images   It looks like the wait is over, and the Pittsburgh Penguins have found a new guy to lead the helm behind the bench, Mike Johnston. Johnston, who has been the head coach and general manager of the WHL’s Portland Winterhawks since 2008-09, has had some NHL experience as an assistant coach for the Los Angeles Kings and Vancouver Canucks. The Penguins...
Via KC Sports Ninja
June 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Live Stream- Pittsburgh Penguins Press Conference

The Pittsburgh Penguins are expected to introduce Mike Johnston as their new head coach. It is scheduled to start at 12:30pm ET and you can watch it below... Continue reading "Live Stream- Pittsburgh Penguins Press Conference"
Via Kukla's Korner
June 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Report: Pittsburgh Penguins to hire Mike Johnston as new head coach

via the Oregoronian The Pittsburgh Penguins have finally found their new head coach.  The team had fired Dan Bylsma who was the teams all time franchise wins head coach with 262 wins in over five years in charge.  Bylsma was fired during the aftermath of losing to the New York Rangers in the playoffs after holding a 3-1 series lead. The Penguins have reportedly offered Mike Johnston...
Via Around The Rink
June 25, 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

there will be no awards this year in protest, also the Penguins hire a coach

What the hell is going on. the NHLPA picked Sid first as the best person, Sid called out Ron Burkle and Mario Lemieux to thank but NOT David Morehouse.  He brought his sister as his date.  Sounded strangely restrained.  Sid and PK were then forced to be near preening showgirls for some reason. then there was some music and the guy who is running the show (whose name we don’t...
Via Puck Huffers
June 25, 2014  |  Discuss

NHL News & Notes 6/25/2014

The Pittsburgh Penguins long coaching search is over. The team has named former Portland Winterhawks (WHL) Coach and General Manager Mike Johnston their Head Coach and have signed him to a three year contract. It was initially anticipated that the Pens first choice to take over coaching duties after the firing of Dan Bylsma was Willie Desjardins. Their inability to offer a long-term...
Via The Sideline
June 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Report: Penguins to Hire Mike Johnston as Head coach

Mike Johnston has been hired as Dan Bylsma’s replacement in Pittsburgh – Mandatory Credit: Don Healy/Ledger-Post via The Vancouver Sun After weeks of not having a head coach, the Pittsburgh Penguins’ search has concluded. According to Rob Rossi of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, the Penguins have reportedly hired Mike Johnston as their new head coach, after firing Dan Bylsma...
Via The Sports Journal
June 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Penguins Have Found Their Coach

via TSN, The Pittsburgh Penguins are expected to introduce Mike Johnston as their new head coach at a news conference at Noon et/9am pt, according to TSN Hockey Insider Darren Dreger. Johnston has worked the last five seasons behind the bench with the WHL's Portland Winterhawks, leading them to a berth in the Memorial Cup tournament in 2013. Prior to joining the...
Via Kukla's Korner
June 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Busy Wednesday morning in the hockey world

Busy start to the morning, here are some notes… The Tampa Bay Lightning and Ryan Callahan have agreed to a six year extension worth $34.8 million ($5.8 million per year), according to TSN and ESPN.  The Pittsburgh Penguins have finally found their new head coach. Former WHL coach of the Portland Winterhawks Mike Johnston has […]
Via The Hockey Report
June 25, 2014  |  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
June 25, 2014  |  Discuss
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