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Report: Sharks extend Robinson, might add more duties

May 22, 2014, 9:49 AM EST

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Hall of Fame defenseman Larry Robinson will be serving as an associate coach with the San Jose Sharks for another three seasons after agreeing to an extension, according to CSN Bay Area. His job might not be limited to his coaching role though.

San Jose is also reportedly talking about making him a consultant for future trades and other roster decisions. He might end up traveling with the Sharks less as he takes on more front office duties and serve as an “eye in the sky” over the course of games rather than being behind the bench.

When Robinson, 62, joined the San Jose organization in 2012, the hope was that his extensive history of postseason success would help the Sharks end their streak of underperforming in the playoffs.

Obviously, the Sharks are still struggling to gain any traction in the playoffs, but Robinson has been credited with developing the team’s young defenseman and should aide 29-year-old Brent Burns as he shifts back to the blueline in 2014-15.

  1. imnotyourbuddyguy - May 22, 2014 at 10:53 AM

    Sharks fans would be better off if one of the duties they added was Larry being the GM

  2. sjsharksfan11 - May 22, 2014 at 12:21 PM

    Robinson should be the coach or the GM. Wilson is a clueless puppy especially at the draft. Vlasic and Couture were great picks yes, but even a blind squirrel finds a nut now and then.

    • skr213 - May 22, 2014 at 3:04 PM

      Uhhhh, yeah. We now have a whole plethora of youth ready to take on leadership roles, so your point is just nonsensical. We also have a host of below-market short-term contracts that allow the team to maneuver under the cap and trade those contracts more easily if needed. In my view DW’s only real misstep has been the McGinn trade.

  3. sjsharks66 - May 22, 2014 at 12:58 PM

    Robinson as coach or GM would be great. This extension and possible added duties are a big plus though. He can help Wilson not make such terrible signings.

    • skr213 - May 22, 2014 at 3:09 PM

      I’m all for Robinson’s expanded role (maybe VP of Hockey Operations?), but those of you suggesting he take over for DW are a bit myopic. Where are you getting any info regarding his ability to GM?? He’s a great coach and I look forward to his involvement and influence in the team, but there is no indication anywhere that he has GM skills. Moreover, DW has done an outstanding job as GM and those who think otherwise don’t seem to be paying attention to all the missteps being made by other GMs around the league.

  4. johnwwt1976 - May 23, 2014 at 1:30 AM

    Tyler Kennedy was a great pick, haha, that was he’s big move last year. Time for Doug to step down!!!

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