Mike Johnston was named head coach of the Penguins on June 25, 2014. Johnston was assistant/associate coach of the Vancouver Canucks from 1999-2006 and associate coach of the Los Angeles Kings from 2006-08. For the past six seasons he has been head coach and general manager of the Portland Winterhawks of the Western Hockey League. ...more
Rick Tocchet was named assistant coach on June 25, 2014. Tocchet is a longtime NHL veteran both as a player and a coach. He played 18 seasons in the NHL with Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Los Angeles, Boston, Washington and Phoenix. During his career he amassed 1,144 career games during his career as he recorded 440 goals, 952 points and 2,972 penalty minutes. He also appeared in 145 playoff games and netted 52 goals with 112 points and 471 penalty minutes. ...more
Gary Agnew was named assistant coach of the Pittsburgh Penguins on July 10, 2014. Agnew was an assistant coach for the St. Louis Blues under Ken Hitchcock the past two seasons. During that time, the Blues won the fifth-most games (81) and allowed the fourth-fewest goals in the NHL. A native of Niagara Falls, Ontario, Agnew was a Columbus Blue Jackets assistant coach for four seasons from 2006-10, helping the Blue Jackets make the organization’s first-ever playoff appearance in ’08-09. He also served a brief stint as interim head coach for Columbus. ...more
Mike Bales was promoted to goaltending coach of the Pittsburgh Penguins on August 19, 2013. Bales spent the previous two years as the Penguins goaltender development coach, where he was responsible for working with and assisting in the development of goalie prospects and players throughout the Penguins’ organization. Bales also assisted in the evaluation and scouting of amateur goaltenders. ...more
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It's not always going to be pretty, especially against a great goalie [Lundqvist] like that. My goals are never how you draw them up. It's just a matter of grinding it out and trying to create havoc in front and good things happen.