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Report: Penguins Hiring David Quinn; Joining Coaching Staff, Mike Sullivan

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Pittsburgh Penguins news. David Quinn joins coaching staff.

Perhaps it’s a nod to David Quinn’s experience as the former head coach of the New York Rangers and San Jose Sharks. Perhaps it’s a nod to Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Erik Karlsson, who won the 2023 Norris Trophy while playing for Quinn in San Jose. And perhaps it is a nod to Penguins head coach Mike Sullivan, who is notably close with his fellow Boston University alumni.

On Tuesday morning, New York reporter Arthur Staple of the Athletic reported that Quinn would be tabbed as Todd Reirden’s replacement, joining the Penguins’ coaching staff.

Reirden oversaw the Penguins power play and defensemen. The Penguins terminated Reirden on May 3, following an abysmal year for the power play. It finished 30th of 32 teams at 15.3%, and the Penguins missed the playoffs for the second consecutive year.

At the time of Reirden’s dismal, there were reports of disagreement between Sullivan and Penguins president of hockey operations/GM Kyle Dubas over the move.

Quinn, 57, was relieved of his duties in April after only two years behind the San Jose bench. San Jose began the season with a historic 11-game losing streak, including a 10-2 drubbing by the Penguins on Nov. 5. San Jose finished with the worst record in the NHL.

Quinn also coached the New York Rangers for three seasons from 2018 to 2021 and Boston University from 2013 to 2018.

Quinn and Sullivan have a long friendship, dating back to their time as teammates at Boston University from 1986-1988 under legendary coach Jack Parker, who coached the team for 40 seasons.

In November, Sullivan told our colleagues at San Jose Hockey Now why he felt Quinn was the right coach for San Jose. His answer seems to apply to the Penguins’ future, too.

“He’s a very good teacher. He has a good understanding of the game, a good command of the X’s and O’s, and not only that, he understands how to help players improve and grow and get better,” Sullivan said. “I think his experience in college hockey would really help (players) in that regard, just dealing with the younger generation and trying to help players grow and develop as people.”

After the Penguins acquired Karlsson on Aug. 6, he talked about playing for Quinn and the similarities with Sullivan.

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Pete
Pete
4 days ago

Excellent.
Now just Fire Sully!

Irish Protection
Irish Protection
4 days ago
Reply to  Pete

Team is a total mess and will get worse. Core? Win is the last time they won? Getting older, softer. Malkin is a disgrace. Soft arrogant punk. This ownership is a joke. Can’t be from Boston. Boston fans are hardcore blood and guts fans. Like us Steeler fans. Thank God for Khan and Weidl that have drastically changed Steelers back into a physical, nasty team.

Sam
Sam
4 days ago

Quinn’s teams have never made the playoffs in 5 seasons, so he should fit right under Teflon Mike. He couldn’t even improve on his 1st season @ SJ, as they dropped from 60 pts to 47 pts. Ya can’t make make this stuff up!

Aaron
Aaron
4 days ago
Reply to  Sam

Just to play Devil’s advocate and give Quinn a chance… His SJ teams were absolutely horrible (this past season might have been one of the least talented teams in NHL history), the Covid season is somewhat of an anomaly, and the current Rangers team is completely different than the one Quinn coached a few years ago. Karlsson was a Norris winner under Quinn, if he fixes him and the powerplay, I think the hire is great (he is already better than Reirden)

Ujn Hunter
Ujn Hunter
4 days ago
Reply to  Sam

Of course they wouldn’t have improved, they just removed their best player…

King Penguin
King Penguin
4 days ago

Just as I had reported two months ago. Now let’s hope Quinn has the autonomy to make wholesale changes, especially as they pertain to Karlsson and his role. Dude was grossly misused last season.

Last edited 4 days ago by King Penguin
Jstripsky
Jstripsky
4 days ago

This new coach has 2 things to accomplish:

  1. Design the power play around Karlsson and remove players from the power play who won’t adhere to that system
  2. Get Ryan Graves playing like a top 4 defenseman.
Jim Kulha
Jim Kulha
4 days ago

I honestly believe the veteran group on this team is gonna do what they want no matter who the coach is and until players are held accountable nothing changes.

Bachinga
Bachinga
4 days ago

Quinn is better suited for cawlidge hawkee…doesn’t play well with veterans…but…with Sully now enamored with vets over all others might be a yin to the yang…

Aaron
Aaron
4 days ago

Karlsson’s Norris campaign is back on!

Matthew Caddy
Matthew Caddy
4 days ago

Now the big question is– will they let him run the PP and put players where they are set up for the most success? Or will it be the same old get-along gang?