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The Pittsburgh Penguins worked on their penalty killing in practice on Friday after giving up three power play goals to the Anaheim Ducks on Thursday.
"With special teams, I always believe at the beginning of the year, the first three or four weeks, unless you’ve had the same unit, you’ve had the same coach from the year before, then you’ve got to get in sync, Johnston said. "It takes a series of eight to 10 games before you get your special teams in sync." If that is the case, expect the Penguins to be hurting throughout the month of October on the penalty kill. Oct 11 - 8:54 AM

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The Mike Johnston era kicked off on Thursday in Pittsburgh with the start of training camp, and one early focus the rookie coach plans to implement will be maintaining puck possession.

"The one thing I keep hearing is the puck possession, kind of the analytics of the game and being able to hold onto the puck instead of giving it away," said forward Chris Kunitz on Thursday. "If you keep the puck your shots go up, and I think we have a team that can skate up and down the ice." While the Pens made a few moves in the off-season to their roster, the most sweeping changes over the offseason came in shuffling off-ice personnel. "It's going to take a bit to learn a new system and to understand the expectations of our coaching staff," said Kunitz. "But I think we're all eager and excited to get into that process."
Source: NHL.com
Sep 18 - 7:32 PM

Pittsburgh coach Mike Johnston has been prepping for training camp by watching video of the Penguins from the 2013-14 season.

"As far as player personnel for me and the style we want to play -- the up-tempo style, the puck-moving style, good decisions with the puck, play with pace, play with speed -- I like the personnel," he said. "I like it from the defensive point of view, where we've got defensemen who can escape the zone really quick. Make good decisions. Good skaters who can jump up into the play and create on the attack. From a forward's perspective, I think right now that ... we have some real quality players returning. Then we have some more depth than maybe they had at the end of last year through[out] the lineup." He's already thinking about potential line tinkering and he's looking forward to trying out different combinations during camp. Read more: http://www.post-gazette.com/sports/penguins/2014/08/26/Penguins-coach-Mike-Johnston-takes-a-closer-look/stories/201408260113#ixzz3BWHq34K4
Aug 26 - 1:23 PM

Jacques Martin has been promoted to the role of senior advisor of hockey operations.

Martin's duties will include scouting and assessing how the team stacks up to its competition. He served as an assistant coach for the 2013-14 campaign.
Jul 23 - 5:00 PM

Gary Agnew has been hired by the Pittsburgh Penguins to serve as an assistant coach.

Agnew spent the last two seasons as an assistant coach with the St. Louis Blues. Before that he spent four campaigns as an assistant with Columbus. "I am very excited to add Gary Agnew to our coaching staff," head coach Mike Johnston said. "He is a long-time NHL assistant who has worked with both forwards and defensemen, along with having extensive special team's experience. I like the fact that Gary has also had head coaching experience, including very successful stints in the AHL and at the junior level. Gary has been a career coach and is well known for his communication and teaching abilities."
Jul 10 - 12:10 PM

Look for the Pittsburgh Penguins to be active in looking for bottom-six forwards as free agency approaches on July 1.

The Penguins filled one spot by acquiring Nick Spaling on Saturday but still have a spot open on the third unit and a couple open on the fourth line. The lack of depth up front hurt the Penguins all last season and new GM Jim Rutherford wants to address the need this off-season.
Jun 30 - 8:38 AM

Mike Johnston has officially joined the Pittsburgh Penguins as their head coach.

Johnston has roughly a decade worth of experience as an assistant/associate coach at the NHL level. More recently, he spent the last six seasons as the WHL Portland Winterhawks' head coach/GM. "Mike comes to Pittsburgh with great experience at all levels of hockey," Penguins GM Jim Rutherford said. "He has terrific knowledge of the game and proven leadership ability. His coaching style is going to be a good for the players we have here with the Penguins -- it’s an up-tempo style, but it begins from deep in the defensive zone. We're very excited to have him."
Jun 25 - 12:40 PM

The Pittsburgh Penguins have reportedly signed Mike Johnston to serve as the team's new head coach.

Johnston has been serving as the WHL Portland Winterhawks' head coach and brought them to the 2013 Memorial Cup Final in 2013. He's also served as an NHL assistant coach with the Vancouver Canucks and Los Angeles Kings. His contract with the Penguins is reportedly a three-year deal.
Jun 25 - 9:49 AM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
C1Sidney Crosby
2Evgeni Malkin
3Brandon Sutter
4Marcel Goc
5Zach Sill
LW1Chris Kunitz
2Beau Bennett
3Nick Spaling
4Blake Comeau
RW1Patric Hornqvist
2Pascal Dupuis
3Steve Downie
4Craig Adams
5Jayson Megna
D1Kris Letang
2Christian Ehrhoff
3Paul Martin
4Olli Maatta
5Rob Scuderi
6Simon Despres
7Robert Bortuzzo
G1Marc-Andre Fleury
2Thomas Greiss