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Penguins Coach Signs Three Year Extension
- Updated: December 26, 2016
The Pittsburgh Penguins, one of the hottest teams in the NHL and the 2015-16 Stanley Cup Champions, have agreed to terms on a three-year contract extension with coach Mike Sullivan.
“I’m grateful for the opportunity that I’ve been given here to coach this team,” Sullivan said. “It’s a great organization to work for. I love the people that I work with, both our management and players. I’ve coached a lot in this league in different capacities. To have the opportunity to be part of a first-class organization like the Penguins and the way they operate, for them to show a vote of confidence in me like they have, it’s very fulfilling.”
Sullivan earned his spot with the Penguins last season after former coach Mike Johnston was fired. Johnston was unable to get the most out of his star-filled roster, and after 28 games last season only had a 15-10-3 record. Sullivan would take over and lead the team to a 33-16-5 record, along with a 2nd place finish in the division and Stanley Cup Championship.
This season, Sullivan has picked up right where he left off as his team has a 22-8-5 record and currently ranks first in the league in goals for. Two of his star players, Evgeni Malkin and Sidney Crosby, are also ranked 2nd and 3rd, respectfully, in points this season. Beyond that, the Penguins look powerful enough to repeat as Stanley Cup Champions, a feat that hasnt been accomplished since the 1997 and 1998 Detroit Red Wings.
With his new contract in hand, Sullivan will remain coach of the Penguins through the 2019-20 NHL season.