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Penguins Sign Mike Sullivan to 3-Year Extension

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Assistant coaches Mike Vellucci and Todd Reirden were given new contracts earlier this month. On Tuesday, the Pittsburgh Penguins dished a new three-year contract to head coach Mike Sullivan.

The contract will begin after the 2023-24 season and run through the end of the 2026-27 season.

“Mike is one of the top coaches in the National Hockey League, and it was important for us to have him signed long term,” said Hextall. “He is a great leader that finds success through communication, honesty, and accountability. We know that Sully is committed to continuing a winning culture here in Pittsburgh.”

Sullivan took over the Penguins bench from Mike Johnston on Dec. 12, 2015. The Penguins won the successive two Stanley Cups. Sullivan has compiled a 297-156-54 record. Since he took over the bench, his 297 wins are the fourth in the NHL. He also has 44 playoff wins, which ranks second in that period.

Sullivan recorded his 300th career win on March 11, 2021. He became the fourth American-born head coach with 300-plus wins, following John Tortorella, Peter Laviolette, and Dan Bylsma.

“This is a wonderful day for the entire organization with Mike committing to remain as head coach for the long term with the Penguins,” said Fenway Sports Group Principal Owner John Henry. “He has clearly demonstrated what an effective leader he is, and it’s evident how well players respond to his philosophy and work ethic night after night, month after month.”

“We value the relationship we are developing with Mike and felt it was important to ensure that relationship would continue long term,” said Fenway Sports Group Chairman Tom Werner. “He’s one of the best coaches in the National Hockey League, and we look forward to our continued collaboration with him and the entire Penguins organization to bring another Stanley Cup to Pittsburgh.”

Sullivan began his NHL head coaching career with the Boston Bruins from 2003-06, winning a division title his first year. He later spent seven straight years as an NHL assistant coach with Tampa Bay, the New York Rangers, and Vancouver from 2007-14.

The financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. NHL coaching salaries have ranged from $2 million to $5 million in recent seasons. The Penguins last signed Sullivan to a five-year deal on July 5, 2019.

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Jay95
Jay95
30 days ago

Looking at the “core” that they just locked up…Sully’s contact tells me that the players believe in him as much as management. Especially given the fact that this is one year longer than Sid’s contract and they’ll need to resign Guentzel. I’m sure resigning those two, and how they openly view Sully, has something to do with this decision too.

ric jefferies
ric jefferies
30 days ago

I’m underwhelmed now with hope and enthusiasm .(yawn)

Chase Cranson
Chase Cranson
30 days ago
Reply to  ric jefferies

Yikes he just got an extended contract

Paul
Paul
29 days ago

Bad career move. Should have coached out his contract and signed with a progressive organ-i-zation that shared his vision.

Last edited 29 days ago by Paul