Courtesy of Point Park University

Podcast: Eddie Johnston on 105.9 the X with Madden

[get_snippet]

To continue reading, log into your account:

[theme-my-login show_title=0]
Eddie Johnston. -- MATT SUNDAY / DKPS

Eddie Johnston, former head coach and general manager of the Penguins, joined Mark Madden on 105.9 the X to talk about drafting Mario Lemieux in 1984.

Johnston, now 83 years old, called into the show while golfing with Jim RutherfordRandy Hillier, and Colby Armstrong. That's quite the squad.

Johnston discusses some of the offers he received from teams in an attempt to acquire the No. 1 overall pick in 1984. The Nordiques offered all three Stastny brothers, plus a first-round pick. The Canadiens ensured that whatever the Nordiques offered, they would top it. The North Stars offered all 12 of their picks in that draft. The Flyers even made a bid of their own. Some people within the Penguins organization tried to pressure Johnston into taking some of the offers.

Johnston didn't consider any of them.

"We're not going to do that anymore," he said.

Johnston also recalls watching Lemieux's first practice with the Penguins, and immediately knowing that "this guy's going to be one of the great ones."

To continue reading, log into your account: