Penguins Coach Mike Sullivan Under Fire From All Sides: "You Got To Move On!"

The Pittsburgh Penguins wrap up a disappointing season Wednesday night with a meaningless game, having been vanquished from playoff contention for the second straight season. And more and more, the blame is starting to fall squarely at the feet of head coach Mike Sullivan. 

Sullivan took the Penguins to back-to-back Stanley Cups in 2016 and 2017, but since then they've won just one playoff series. Now that they're officially eliminated, darts are starting to be thrown his way.

Adam Crowley of 93.7 The Fan in Pittsburgh calls it "unacceptable.

"You're repeating a lot of the same mistakes... The things they were bad at last year, in some cases they got even worse at this year. That's all on the head coach. 

"Mike Sullivan, you gots to go!... I think you got to move on. In fact, I know you have to move on... We have reached the expiration date on Mike Sullivan." 

Jesse Marshall, Penguins beat writer in The Athletic, illustrates that there's a very low bar for finding a "better" coach than Sullivan at this point. 

Of course, what makes this a stickier situation is that Sullivan's three-year extension doesn't even begin until next season

For now, there doesn't appear to be any inclination from GM Kyle Dubas to make a change behind the bench, but we'll see how hot that seat gets. It's still very, very early in the offseason for the Penguins. 

In nine years at the helm in Pittsburgh, Sullivan has a 375-218-77 record, a .617 points percentage. In the playoffs, however, after starting off with those two Stanley Cup runs, his record is now 44-38, only a .537 win percentage. 

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