It’s now official. 53-year-old Rick Tocchet has left the Penguins to take over as the head coach of the Arizona Coyotes. Tocchet won a Cup as a player with the Pens in 1992. He won 2 more as an assistant coach the last 2 years. Now he returns to the Coyotes, where he spent three of his 18 seasons as a player. He was also an assistant coach there. In Pittsburgh, Tocchet was very valuable on Mike Sullivan’s bench, but Sullivan and the organization realize what a great opportunity this is, “I’m thrilled for Toch to get this opportunity, he’s so deserving of being a head coach again in this league. He’s a very qualified guy. He’s a hard worker. I know he’s gonna do a great job, so we’re all thrilled for him, and so I think that’s the biggest thing, the relationship that we’ve built over the years.”

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