Mike Sullivan is still waiting to see if he can bring the Pittsburgh Penguins back to the Stanley Cup. On July 6, Beijing time, penguins officially announced a four-year contract extension with Sullivan. Sullivan, who led penguin to the title in 2016 and 2017, has a new contract that will take effect at the end of the 2018-19 season and expire in 2023-2024.
Since taking over from Mike Johnston in December 2015, Sullivan has led the penguins to a remarkable record of 174-92-34 overtime. His arrival has directly helped penguins become the first team in NHL to win the Stanley Cup back-to-back in nearly 20 years. With 174 wins ranking third in penguin history, the second Eddie Johnston has 216 wins, and the first Dan bylsma has 252 wins. Now Sullivan is expected to attack the most winning head coach in penguin history.
“Under Mike’s guidance, penguins can get at least 100 points in four seasons, which is a good report card.” “In this era, being able to help us win the Stanley Cup for two years in a row is enough to show that he is a good coach,” Penguin general manager Jim Rutherford said in a statement. Whether on or off the pitch, he keeps the management of the team in order and his ability to work is impressive. ”
At the same time, Rutherford is optimistic about the current situation of the team. The penguins were swept out by the New York Islanders in the first round of the 2018 playoffs. Rutherford said Sullivan’s renewal has stabilized the army’s heart and given the team more time to adjust.