Pens ‘adapt’ to new roles
take a step forward following months of self-reflection will depend largely on whether a core group that includes Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, Patric Hornqvist and Kris Letang — all on the other side of 30 — can make the adjustments Sullivan is asking for.
“I think everybody has the ability to adapt to the role that they’re asked to play,” defenseman Jack Johnson said. “It’s just whether or not you want to do it. But everyone in here and the physical capabilities of doing it.”
Kuemper rewarded: The Coyotes signed goalie Darcy Kuemper to a two-year contract extension through the 2021-22 season with an average annual salary of $4.5 million.
Kuemper, 29, had been a career backup until the Coyotes’ No. 1 goalie Antti Raanta suffered a season-ending injury last year.
Kuemper was 27-20-8 with a 2.33 goals-against average and .925 save percentage. He’s expected to share time with Raanta this season.
Two-time league MVP Sidney Crosby is one of several veteran Penguins players having to adjust their games.