Penguins add a former NHL head coach to their staff
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Penguins add a former NHL head coach to their staff

A replacement in waiting for Mike Sullivan?

Trevor Connors

This just in from New York Rangers and New York Islanders insider Arthur Staple, the Pittsburgh Penguins have added former Rangers and San Jose Sharks head coach David Quinn to their coaching staff. Quinn will serve as an assistant coach under long-time Penguins head coach Mike Sullivan.

From Staple:

As Staple points out, Quinn was head coach of the Sharks when then-Sharks defenseman Erik Karlsson dominated the Norris Trophy race in 2023. Perhaps this is a move from the Penguins to re-ignite Karlsson?

Quinn will reportedly replace Todd Reirden, who was dismissed from his assistant coaching position last month.

If nothing else, this move signifies that things have to change in Pittsburgh a bit. Sullivan has been the team's head coach since 2015-16 and has coached the team to some of its most successful seasons. But after failing to make the post-season in back to back seasons, there's some talk that Sullivan could be done in Pittsburgh. Today's news has to be a signal to this team that they've now got a back up plan with Quinn.

Thoughts, Penguins fans?

Source: Arthur Staple