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Sharks add Jim Johnson as another assistant

Jul 10, 2012, 11:09 PM EST

Jim Johnson Caps

Going into this off-season, the San Jose Sharks wanted to get some NHL experience behind bench boss Todd McLellan. They’ve passed those tests with flying colors as they added veteran coach (and Hall of Famer) Larry Robinson as an “associate” coach and long-time NHL blueliner (and seasoned assistant) Jim Johnson to the mix as an assistant. Johnson is the most recent addition, as the Sharks named him to the staff tonight.

(Jay Woodcroft is an assistant as well.)

Johnson most recently served on Dale Hunter’s coaching staff with the Washington Capitals. Here’s a write-up on his coaching career via the Sharks:

A 14-year NHL defenseman, Johnson, 49, most recently was an assistant coach on Dale Hunter’s staff with the Washington Capitals. He has also served as an assistant coach with the Tampa Bay Lightning in 2010 and interim head coach of the Phoenix Coyotes in 1999-2000.

Prior to arriving in Washington in 2011, Johnson was coaching for Switzerland’s HC Lugano. While working with the Tampa Bay Lightning organization, he also served as the head coach for the American Hockey League’s Norfolk Admirals during the 2009-10 season and as development coach for the Lightning in 2008-09.

Johnson also spent three seasons (2000-02) as an assistant coach with the U.S. National Junior Team.

Some quite reasonably believe that the Sharks’ Stanley Cup window is closing rapidly, but adding some top-notch help for McLellan could help the team get the most out of a still-talented roster. Johnson should be a good addition in that regard.

  1. bethgoesglobal - Jul 10, 2012 at 11:20 PM

    Bummer. Was hoping he would return to DC to be an assistant coach for the Caps and new head coach Oates. When are we gonna start hearing about Oates’ picks for assistant coaches anyway?

    Well, good luck to J.J- hope he’s as successful in SJ as he was w/the Caps.

  2. ravenscaps48 - Jul 10, 2012 at 11:32 PM

    Damn. I was hoping he’d return to DC… Looks like Sharks Management is preparing to show T-Mac the door if this season is unsuccessful

  3. bcjim - Jul 10, 2012 at 11:53 PM

    Also sorry to see him go. Bet the Sharks benefit.

  4. sjsharks66 - Jul 11, 2012 at 12:55 AM

    Really excited about this. Both of them can help develop Braun, Demers and Vlasic. Also they can push Marleau to play harder in the playoffs.
    Because Patty’s magic act is not helping the team when it comes to the playoffs.

  5. bleedingteal4life - Jul 11, 2012 at 3:17 AM

    I’d say dump Demers among others. Trade him for mcguinn lol.

  6. rebel21das - Jul 11, 2012 at 11:12 AM

    The Sharks need help with the blue line and the penalty kill, Johnson and Robinson will hopefully be the recharge that’s needed to make San Jose a real psychical threat. Burns, D Murray, and Boyle are already beasts in their own right on defense, but this should help strengthen the guys like Vlasic, Braun, and Demers like sjsharks66 said before. The additions of Brad Stuart (nice to see him back in a Sharks uniform again) along with the hard hitting checker Adam Burish really will help give the SJ a shot in the arm to make a push for a cup. Burish is the player I can’t wait to see in the black and teal because he should really help the Sharks with the third line and hopefully give the group more tenacity. Could be the year they finally break though and make the cup, I hope, but it’s a long season.

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