Penguins Not Bringing Back Three Coaches

Ruben Hill
August 14, 2020

That loss is leading to big changes in the organization.

The assistant coaches - Mark Recchi, former Capitals defenseman Sergei Gonchar and Jacques Martin - had their contracts expire in June, but were extended into the qualifying rounds under the extentuating circumstances.

The team announced on Wednesday it would not renew the contracts of all three assistants.

The Penguins were eliminated last week by 12th-seeded Montreal, the losingest squad of 24 who reached bubble games after a COVID-19 shutdown of the season in March.

After the Penguins were swept out of the 2019 postseason in the first round, general manager Jim.

"We just thought we needed to change the dynamic of our coaching staff", Rutherford said in a released statement.

Martin was a head coach for four different teams from 1986-2012 before joining the Penguins as an assistant in 2013.

"We want to thank Sergei, Jacques and Mark for their many contributions to the Penguins over the years, and wish them well in their future endeavors", Rutherford said.

"We have very high standards here in Pittsburgh, and we want to continue competing for Stanley Cups".

Mike Sullivan will return for the 2020-2021 season.

Recchi joined Pittsburgh - where he played for seven seasons during his Hall of Fame career - in 2014 as a player development coach. Sullivan was hired December 12, 2015 and became just the sixth coach in National Hockey League history to win a Stanley Cup after being brought in midseason.

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