NHL coaches aren’t just hired to be fired. They are also hired to babysit, cajole, teach and take the blame when a locker room of 20-somethings decide they don’t like their teacher and want someone more like the substitute teacher who only shows movies. Hockey coaches know this and yet still buy houses. But the Pittsburgh Penguins took a big step towards organizational consistency in the face of upheaval when the inked Mike Sullivan to a four-year contract extension.
Yes, the timing was a little bit surprising. But the end result was not.