Soul-searching summer comes to a close for Penguins coach Mike Sullivan |

Soul-searching summer comes to a close for Penguins coach Mike Sullivan

Chaz Palla | Tribune-Review
Penguins head coach Mike Sullivan during practice Sunday, May 28, 2017 at PPG Paints Arena.

In the lead-up to the start of training camp, several Penguins players extolled the virtues of a longer offseason.

They got to spend more time resting and recuperating or working out in the gym. They got to go on the vacations they skipped during short summers the two years prior.

Coach Mike Sullivan painted a much bleaker picture of his long summer Friday afternoon in Cranberry.

“When you lose, there’s a little bit more soul-searching because you’re trying to figure out what could we have done better, what could we do better, to try to get the results,” Sullivan said. “That was a process that I went through daily.”

Intense introspection aside, Sullivan said he and the coaching staff prepared for the start of camp like they normally would.

They assessed the personnel and tactics employed by their own team, then took a look around the league to see if there were any best practices they could adopt.

“Is there anything, any concepts or tactics that we might be able to adopt that can make our team more competitive?” Sullivan said. “We go through that process every summer.”

Jonathan Bombulie is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Jonathan at [email protected] or via Twitter @BombulieTrib.

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