The rumors are true. Pittsburgh Hockey Now has been hearing for days that one or more Pittsburgh Penguins assistant coaches could wear the Penguins playoff failures as head coach Mike Sullivan considers a shakeup behind the bench. The possibility exists the Penguins could have two new assistant coaches by next season, too.
On Tuesday afternoon, Penguins GM Jim Rutherford simultaneously took his team to the woodshed and expressed dismay at several factors.
“Are (veteran players) in a position to still give that leadership, whether it’s by example on the ice or in the room verbally, or do we need some other guys to step up and do more,” Rutherford asked. “Maybe it’s better to have younger, more eager guys. That’s part of what I’m trying to weigh.”
Rutherford is considering personnel changes, but may also wade into the coaching discussion, too.