Mullen to coach Pens' AHL team for rest of season

PITTSBURGH -- Joe Mullen, fired last week as a Pittsburgh assistant coach, will coach Wilkes-Barre -- the Penguins' AHL affiliate -- for the rest of the season.

Michel Therrien, previously the coach at the Penguins' top farm club, replaced Eddie Olczyk as Pittsburgh's coach on Thursday. Mullen and Randy Hillier, Olczyk's two assistants, also lost their jobs when Therrien took over.

Wilkes-Barre was 21-1-2-1 under Therrien, the best start for a team in AHL history. Mullen, a Hall of Famer, and former Pittsburgh coach Rick Kehoe coached Wilkes-Barre to a 2-1 record over the weekend after Therrien left.

This is Mullen's first head coaching job. Mullen, the first American player to have 500 goals and 1,000 points in the NHL, had 502 goals and 561 assists in 1,062 games with the Blues, Flames, Penguins and Bruins.