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Quote Roundup: Pens-Coyotes

by Pens writing staff @PensInsideScoop / Pittsburgh Penguins

ON THE RETURN OF RICK TOCCHET

Sullivan: "He's a real smart hockey guy. He's a great friend. He's a loyal guy. He's fun to work with. I can't say enough about him. He's just a terrific person and he's a good friend, we certainly miss him. We believe we filled out our coaching staff with some real quality people with (Mark Recchi) and Sergei (Gonchar), these guys are great as well. But Tocc is a guy that has had a huge influence on our coaching staff, on our players and helping us win championships. What I always admired about Tocc is when you work with a guy like him, he's not just a yes man. He has strong convictions. He shares his opinions. He challenges me as a coach to become a better coach. I've learned a lot from him in the years that I've worked with him. He's just a terrific hockey guy and he's an even better person."

Crosby: "It'll be different seeing him on an opposing team's bench. He was a great guy to have around here, he was really good at communicating to all the players and working on all those little lecture things that he talked about. Being a former player himself, just knowing the way he played the game and what he brought, I think he tried to bring those things into the way he taught. It's great to have him here."

Kessel: "He's a good guy, we're buddies. We get along well. I think we like the same kind of things (laughs), and when he was here we had a good relationship. I have nothing but great things to say about him."

Sheary: "He was awesome for myself. I think he was a great assistant coach. He really helped me develop and helped me with my game. When he has to move on to move up I think that's a good thing and we wish him nothing but the best, except for tonight (laughs). I think his job on the bench was middle man between the head coach and the players. He always did a good job of keeping me calm and keeping me working hard and keeping me humble a little bit. I think I can thank him for a lot of those things."

Dumoulin: "He was such a strong personality and a great guy to have on the coaching staff. It's always good to see him and excited to see him as a head coach and to be going against his team."

ON THE 2-12-1 COYOTES

Hagelin: "They have a lot of skill, a lot of youth, and obviously they're a hungry team. If you look at all the games they've played, it's been pretty close games other than maybe one or two games that weren't close. Other than that it's been overtimes or they've been scored on last minute. They're a team that you know is going to come out hard, they are finding their ways and they've been good of late. We need to bring it."

Dumoulin: "They're a young team and they're stingy. They score the first goal a lot, so definitely our start is going to be really important."

ON GENERATING MORE OFFENSE 5-ON-5

Sullivan: "I strongly believe if we continue to generate not only the amount of chances we've generated in the last three games, but the quality of the chances we've generated, I'm fairly confident this team is going to find the back of the net. I think we've really grown accustomed to this team scoring goals because we have a lot of elite players and they're talented guys. So in my tenure here, this has been our first challenge in this regard. But it's nothing that we're not capable of overcoming and I believe this team is capable of scoring goals. As long as we stay with it and don't get frustrated, and we get more determined to continue to try to play the right way and control what we can out there to win hockey games. I believe this team is making progress right now."

Sheary: "We've just got to stick with it. I think we're getting chances and we just have to bear down on those opportunities. I mean, if our power play stays the way it is and we can get our 5-on-5 play going, I think we'll be pretty dangerous."

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