Winterhawks coach, GM Mike Johnston has been approached by NHL teams

Winterhawks coach, GM Mike Johnston has been approached by NHL teams
May 15, 2012, 9:50 pm
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By DWIGHT JAYNES  (@dwightjaynes)

Mike Johnston has done a terrific job of rebuilding the once moribund hockey team that is the Portland Winterhawks. My biggest fear has always been that he'd be plucked out of here by a National Hockey League team.

Turns out Johnston was interviewed last year by an NHL team for an associate head coach position but is very content in Portland. It's going to take a good big-league job to get him, it seems.

Watch the accompanying video for his thoughts on coaching in the NHL, as well as speculation about next season and the possibility of high-scoring forward Ty Rattie returning to the 'Hawks as a 19-year-old.