Mike Sullivan takes over in the interim for Pittsburgh after coaching the Penguins' AHL affiliate to begin the season. He also has experience coaching in the NHL as a coach of the Boston Bruins from 2003-06. Sullivan will make his debut with the team on Monday against the Washington Capitals.
The former Bruins coach recorded a 70-56-15 record in two full seasons in Boston, and has plenty of experience as an assistant coach on the bench. He most recently was a player development coach for the Stanley Cup-winning Chicago Blackhawks in 2014-15.
Sullivan had the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins off to an 18-5-0 start to the year and plans to bring that success to the NHL with the star-studded Penguins of Pittsburgh.
Pittsburgh currently sits with a record of 15-10-3 following a shootout loss to the Los Angeles Kings on Friday night. The struggles come from the offensive side of the puck as they sit ranked 28th in the league in scoring.
The goal for the team is to get out of this unfamiliar territory of sitting in the middle of the standings, and they hope that Sullivan's presence will help them work their way back to the top where they belong.