Mike Sullivan sounds off on potentially joining New York Rangers

It's a period of transition for both the Penguins and Rangers.



It's a period of transition for both the Pittsburgh Penguins and the New York Rangers this summer. 

We'll start with the Penguins, who missed the postseason for the first time since Sidney Crosby's rookie season of 2005-06 and responded by cleaning out their front office of general manager Ron Hextall, assistant general manager Chris Pryor, and president of hockey operations Brian Burke.

Meanwhile, the Rangers stunned their fans by blowing a 2-0 series lead against the hated rival New Jersey Devils and eventually falling in seven games despite having added the likes of Vladimir Tarasenko and Patrick Kane to their roster. They responded by "mutually" parting ways with head coach Gerard Gallant after just two seasons on the job. 

There has been some speculation that current Penguins head coach Mike Sullivan could also potentially be on the way out from his role behind the bench, and being a former Rangers assistant, could be a candidate for their now vacant position.

However, according to Sullivan, that's not going to happen.

“No, I am under contract with the Pittsburgh Penguins, here for the long haul,” he said over the phone.

Sullivan, who is 337-187-65 with the Penguins, took over from the maligned Mike Johnston midway through 2015-16 season and would lead them to consecutive Stanley Cup championships. And he's under contract with the team through 2027, having inked a three year contract extension prior to this current season.