According to the Post-Gazette, the Pittsburgh Penguins today announced that interim head coach Todd Reirden of the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins of the AHL has been signed to a multi-year contract.
Reirden, who served as Dan Bylsma’s assistant before his promotion, went 14-9-3 as interim head coach. He also led his team to the East Division Final, before losing to Hershey.
Jon Bombulie, had a collection of quotes from “Baby” Penguin players as they packed up for the summer. Here is what veteran Jeff Taffe had to say:
“It’s a pretty great situation here with Dan (Bylsma) and Todd (Reirden). Obviously have to see if Todd’s going to be sticking here. See what these guys have to say. It basically comes down to them. I’ve been here for two years now. I know the organization pretty well from that standpoint. I’d like to do that.”
While the team remains committed to winning, the future could be different for Reirden’s bunch.
In the past, the “Baby” Penguins filled out their roster with veterans, such as Taffe, Chris Minard, Janne Pesonen, and David Gove. But with up to nine rookies possibly on the verge of breaking into the AHL, Reirden’s job may shift from guiding a veteran team through the playoffs to teaching a young group how to play a professional game.