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NHL legend Larry Robinson will join Sharks as an associate coach

Jul 8, 2012, 4:59 PM EDT

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The Montreal Gazette’s Dave Stubbs is reporting that Hall of Fame defenseman Larry Robinson has inked a two-year deal with a one-year option with the San Jose Sharks to join them as an associate coach.

Robinson had 958 points in 1,384 career games with the Montreal Canadiens and Los Angeles Kings. He won six Stanley Cups in the process as well as the Conn Smythe Trophy in 1978. He also is a two-times James Norris Memorial Trophy winner.

As a head coach, Robinson added another Stanley Cup win to his resume after he became the New Jersey Devils’ bench boss with just eight games remaining in the 1999-2000 regular season. The Devils went on to capture the Stanley Cup in 2000 over the Dallas Stars in six games.

As Stubbs pointed out, Robinson has also won a Stanley Cup as an associate coach and another as a consultant for the Devils.

Given his extensive history of success in the playoffs, this signing should be particularly helpful to the San Jose Sharks. For years they’ve had the talent to be a legitimate Stanley Cup contender, but they’ve always fallen short when it came time to execute in the playoffs. Perhaps Robinson can help with that.

  1. uscthom78 - Jul 8, 2012 at 5:03 PM

    I see the Sharks strategy for winning the Cup. Fire McClellan with 8 games remaining and replace him with Larry Robinson.

  2. bleedingteal4life - Jul 8, 2012 at 5:58 PM

    I think I’d be ok with that.

  3. noreasony - Jul 8, 2012 at 6:07 PM

    Well that sucks

  4. sjsharks66 - Jul 8, 2012 at 6:21 PM

    This is going to help us out a lot! Just need to fix up the 3rd line.

  5. vanindeed - Jul 8, 2012 at 6:42 PM

    Good move, all he does is win

  6. eastcoastcynic - Jul 8, 2012 at 9:30 PM

    A coach to read Marleau the riot act when he comes off a shift during the playoffs with no points and no hits.

  7. sjsharksfan11 - Jul 8, 2012 at 9:42 PM

    Two best moves were Stuart and now this. Finally some hope!

  8. sharksfan97 - Jul 8, 2012 at 11:27 PM

    McClellan’s seat went from hot to sizzling. This is the Sharks’ version of LA’s hiring of Darryl Sutter. I like the move.

  9. supr49er - Jul 9, 2012 at 10:46 AM

    Wow! Great totally unexpected move.

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