NHL Rumors: Mike Sullivan Set To Bolt Pittsburgh For Metro Division Rival?


There's already been some speculation about what Pittsburgh Penguins GM Kyle Dubas should or would do about head coach Mike Sullivan this offseason. Now, according to a report from insider Nick Kypreos of the Toronto Star, Sullivan may have his own plans to take the situation into his own hands:
Rumours of Penguins head coach Mike Sullivan leaving Pittsburgh to join close friend Tom Fitzgerald in New Jersey won’t dissipate. Despite being under contract, it could simply come down to Sullivan’s lack of confidence in GM Dubas’s ability to contend anytime soon.
The Penguins had a disappointing campaign after their big offseason splash last summer bringing in reigning Norris Trophy winner Erik Karlsson. 

But despite a late-season surge that gave them a mathematical shot at claiming the final playoff spot down to the final games, it wasn't to be. 

Changes are afoot in Pittsburgh this summer, and while there's been no official indication from the team that Sullivan's job might be in trouble, perhaps he's feeling there's a better situation for him. 

The Devils have been without a full-time head coach since firing Lindy Ruff back in March and sticking with associate coach Travis Green as interim bench boss for the rest of the season. 

Many prominent names have been rumored in the running for the Devils' job, but Sullivan just might jump to the head of the class, given his championship pedigree and his close relationship with GM Fitzgerald. 

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