Mike Sullivan, the head coach of the team’s AHL affiliate, will take over for Johnston.
“I felt it was time for a coaching change because our team has underachieved,” Rutherford said in a statement. “Our expectations are much higher with this group of players. Mike Sullivan has been a head coach and an assistant coach in the NHL and we’ve been very fortunate to have him with our AHL club this season. He’s done an outstanding job in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton and he’s ready to step in.”
Johnston was named the team’s head coach in June 2014 and went 43-23-12 last year in his first season as coach. He started this season 15-10-3.
- Kenny Ducey