PITTSBURGH (93.7 the Fan) – After two straight embarrassing post-season series losses, Pens general manager Jim Rutherford fired, or officially did not renew the contracts of assistant coaches Mark Recchi, Sergei Gonchar and Jacques Martin.
“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.
Pens say the search for new assistants to work under head coach Mike Sullivan, the only coach left, will begin immediately.
"We are in the process of conducting a review of our organization because we have underperformed in the playoffs the last few years," Rutherford said in a statement released by the team. "We just thought we needed to change the dynamic of our coaching staff. We have very high standards here in Pittsburgh, and we want to continue competing for Stanley Cups. The message to our fans is that 'We are not rebuilding, we're re-tooling’.”
Gonchar, Martin and Recchi’s contracts expired at the end of June but were extended for the playoffs.