Penguins named Todd Rirden and Mike Vellucci as assistant coaches


The Pittsburgh Penguins have named Todd Rearden and Mike Vellucci assistant coaches, and signed Target coach Mike Buckley to an extension of a two-year contract, it was announced today by executive vice president and general manager Jim Rutherford.

Reichen and Vellucci joined the staff of head coach Mike Sullivan in place of Jacques Martin, Mark Reichy and Sergey Goncher, whose contracts were not renewed at the conclusion of Pittsburgh’s season. The 49-year-old Rirden will oversee the team’s defensive group and power play unit. The 54-year-old Velluki will work with the team’s forwards and oversee the penalty kill.

“I am pleased to include Todd and Mike in our coaching staff, and believe that they will complement Mike Sullivan’s coaching style,” said Rutherford. “Todd is a Stanley Cup winning coach with over a decade of experience in the NHL as an assistant and head coach. Mike brings championship experience to both the AHL and OHL levels, and how we function as an organization Are very familiar with it. ”

Reardon, a Deerfield, Illinois native, has spent the past six seasons on the coaching staff of the Washington Capitals serving as head coach for the past two seasons. He was an assistant coach from 2014–16, and then an associate coach from 2016–18, where he helped the Capitals to their first Stanley Cup championship in franchise history in 2018.

Prior to his time with Washington, Reardon was an assistant coach with the Penguins from 2010–14, where he played a similar role, working with the team’s defenseman and power play units. During his four seasons as an assistant coach for Pittsburgh, only the Washington Capitals (20.7%) and the San Jose Sharks (20.5%) had better power-play success rates from 2010-14 than the Penguins’ 20.3%.

While under Rarden Tutelage, the alternate captain Kriss Letang Played some of the best hockey of his career. In the 2010–14 four-year stretch Letang scored .74 points per game, which is .08 more than his career average of .66. Letang was also a combined plus-44 in those four seasons, and was named to the Norris Trophy final in 2012–13.

Prior to joining Pittsburgh’s coaching staff, Rirden spent three years with the Wilkes-Barre / Scranton Penguins from 2008-10 as both an assistant coach and head coach.

Vellusky joined Pittsburgh’s NHL club, helping him to a record 29-26-3-5 in 63 games this year after completing his first season as Wilkes-Barre / Scranton Penguins general manager and head coach. In total, Vellucci’s eight players at the AHL level saw action with Pittsburgh last season, particularly seen Sam lafferty, Anthony Angelo And Andrew Egozzino.

The Farmington, Michigan native spent the last five seasons as assistant general manager and director of hockey for the Carolina Hurricanes, where he oversees player development and scouting. During the 2017–19 season, Vellucci also served as the head coach of the Charlate Checkers, where he compiled a record of 97–43–8–4 in 152 games.

Vellucci was instrumental in the success of the Carolina organization in 2018-19, leading the Checkers to a Calder Cup championship after compiling the league’s best regular season record (51-17-7-1) and the Louis AR Pieri Memorial Won the award. AHL Coach of the Year.

Prior to his time with the Hurricanes organization, Vellucci spent 14 seasons in the same dual role as general manager and head coach of the Plymouth Whalers of the OLL from 2001-14. He became the first person to receive both the OHL Executive of the Year Award and the OHL Coach of the Year Award in a single season in 2012–13. He also won the Coach of the Year award during the Whalers 2006–07 Championship season.

Mike Buckley’s new two-year extension places him with the Penguins until the conclusion of the 2021-22 campaign. The 43-year-old has spent the last three seasons in his current role as goalscorer, and prior to that was Pittsburgh’s goalscorer development coach from 2013–17.

The native of Haverhill, Massachusetts played an important role in this Matt murrayVikas helps him become the Stanley Cup winning goalkeeper twice. During his two Stanley Cups in 2016 and 2017, Murray held a combined 22–10 record with an average of 19.5 goals and a .928 save percentage with four closes.

Additionally, Buckley played a key role in the goalkeeper’s development Tristan Brocade NHL All-Star from AHL Netminder to 2020. In 2019-20, Zari set career highs in games played (33), wins (20), goals-against average (2.43), save percentage (.921) and shutouts (3). He was in the top-10 in save percentage (T-8th), goal-against-average (9th) and shutout (T-8th) among all goalkeepers in the NHL.

The Penguins organization has begun the search for the next head coach of the Wilkes-Barre / Scranton Penguins.

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