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Jacques Martin is now Pittsburgh’s senior advisor of hockey operations

Jul 23, 2014, 12:57 PM EDT

Jacques Martin, Dan Bylsma, Sidney Crosby, James Neal, Chris Kunitz AP

The Pittsburgh Penguins have named Jacques Martin senior advisor of hockey operations, the club announced today.

From the press release:

His duties will include monitoring NHL games, with an emphasis on Eastern Conference teams, assessing how the Penguins compare to the competition. He will report his information to general manager Jim Rutherford.

Martin, who spent last season as an assistant coach on the Penguins’ staff, has won 613 games and made 12 playoff appearances in 17 seasons as a NHL head coach. He won the Jack Adams Award as the NHL’s ‘most outstanding coach’ with Ottawa in 1999 and was a finalist for the award on three other occasions.

Martin was not fired along with assistants Tony Granato and Todd Reirden when Mike Johnston was hired in June to replace Dan Bylsma as the Penguins’ head coach. At the time, the team said Martin would “remain with the club in a yet-to-be-determined capacity.”

  1. hockey412 - Jul 23, 2014 at 1:12 PM

    So he basically has to watch a whooooole bunch of hockey. Nice gig.

    • phtjoey - Jul 23, 2014 at 1:27 PM

      emphasis on Eastern Conference = devise a strategy to defeat EC teams during the playoffs

      • steelpenbucs87 - Jul 23, 2014 at 1:55 PM

        I think that’s probably part of the job description and kind of an interesting one. The Pens have been humbled the last few years in the playoffs because of their lack of adjustments to teams (Hi Dan!) and their lack of adjustment to playoff hockey in general. Having an extra set of eyes around the league that can pick up on smaller areas that can be exploited against Boston, New York, Montreal, Tampa Bay, Philadelphia, Columbus, New Jersey, Detroit, Washington, and New York again (holy crap I think the East is going to be a dog fight this year) is a good idea.

    • blynasty - Jul 23, 2014 at 1:28 PM

      They asked me to do it, but I’m more of a Western Conference type of guy

  2. c9castine - Jul 23, 2014 at 1:34 PM

    Hey…i watch a lot of hockey. Somebody pay me

  3. timmons94 - Jul 23, 2014 at 1:55 PM

    Lets pay ravanator 100 for each capitals Stanley cup he has watched… Oh wait

  4. killerpgh - Jul 23, 2014 at 2:16 PM

    I wonder what the Penguins front office pay roll is? The Penguins have 16 guys listed under “hockey operations”, 17 listed as “scouts” and another 13 listed under “equipment/training staff”. The organization has come a long way since 2003-04 season when the on ice team’s overall pay roll was about 17 million (not counting owner/player Mario’s 5.25 million cap hit who only paid 10 games that year).

  5. timmons94 - Jul 23, 2014 at 2:22 PM

    Amen. I remember the Toronto playoff series where each home playoff game was needed to stay afloat… Now top notch arena, amazing fan base and stable. Nice feeling

    • 22yearsagotoday - Jul 23, 2014 at 5:11 PM

      Excellent timing on your comment! Thanks.

  6. rushledger - Jul 23, 2014 at 2:38 PM

    That’s good because the penguins have blown some easy chances to get out of the east.

  7. bsaures - Jul 23, 2014 at 3:18 PM

    Basically heres a job in case we need you to coach a few months into the season if the new guy doesn’t work

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