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Larry Robinson not in San Jose to take Todd McLellan’s job

Jul 9, 2012, 5:40 PM EDT

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New Sharks associate coach Larry Robinson has no intention of replacing current bench boss Todd McLellan.

“That was the first thing I said when I came into the room. I do not want to be a head coach, I’m not here to take Todd’s job,” said Robinson, as per the San Jose Mercury News.

“I wouldn’t want to be a head coach knowing there’s somebody with a gun behind me waiting to shoot me whenever something went wrong. We will work out things when they’re not going right, but you’ve got the best head coach here in the best position possible and I don’t see any problems at all.”

It’s no surprise Robinson had to address the issue.

First off, McLellan faced considerable criticism after failing to lead the Sharks past the first round of the playoffs, this on the heels of a mediocre regular season. In four seasons as head coach, he’s twice steered San Jose to the conference finals, but no further than that.

Secondly, in 1999-2000, Robinson went from assistant coach to head coach of the Devils after Robbie Ftorek was fired with eight games left in the regular season. New Jersey then went on to win the Stanley Cup.

Oh, and here’s what Robinson had to say when Ftorek was canned: “The only thing I said before all of this was in no way did I want to come here lurking to be the next head coach.”

Not saying Robinson is being disingenuous now.

Just interesting is all.

  1. sjsharks66 - Jul 9, 2012 at 6:07 PM

    No need to replace Tmac. Having them both on the bench is going to help the sharks a lot. Now can they please put a decent 3rd line together. *hint hint* get rid of handzus and bring back wellwood

  2. devilsfan3332 - Jul 9, 2012 at 6:31 PM

    San Jose will have a much better special teams next year..Robinson led the special teams for five Devils head coaches and the STI for New Jersey was never worse then 10th(2003)…at times the PP struggled,2003 springs to mind in that respect(12.6% or something like that,either way worst in the NHL) but the PK was world class for more then a decade…

  3. sergio408 - Jul 9, 2012 at 6:42 PM

    I wouldn’t mind if Robinson took over Doug Wilson job as GM, the Handzus signing didn’t work, trading Mcginn to Colorado for Winnik & Gallo didn’t work as well as trading a high 2nd rd pick for Dominic Moore.

  4. hky15 - Jul 9, 2012 at 11:07 PM

    For now he’s not…

    • warpstonebc - Jul 10, 2012 at 3:45 AM

      Bingo.

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