While the Sharks organization is thrilled to add a coach to its staff with the credentials of a Larry Robinson, New Jersey Devils head coach Peter DeBoer seems equally excited that former San Jose assistant Matt Shaw has joined the Devils.
The Sharks fired Shaw after they added Robinson, as well as former Capitals and Lightning assistant Jim Johnson, to Todd McLellans staff. Jay Woodcroft, who will enter his fifth season with the Sharks, remains.
It isn't often you're able to add someone like a Matt Shaw, who had one of the top three power plays in the League the last three or four years, DeBoer told Mike Morreale of NHL.com. San Jose led the League in shots for on the power play the last three or four seasons and we feel fortunate that he's joining the staff."
In his three seasons helping to coach the power play, the Sharks finished second in 2011-12 (21.1 percent); second in 2010-11 (23.5 percent); and fourth in 2009-10 (21.0 percent). The Devils were 14th on the power play last season (17.2 percent).
The Devils also had to replace assistant coach Adam Oates, who is now the head coach of the Washington Capitals. Legendary defenseman Scott Stevens has signed on as DeBoers other assistant, along with Shaw.
As the schedule stands right now (get used to hearing that phrase while CBA negotiations continue), the Devils, Stanley Cup finalists in June, are one of just three Eastern Conference teams the Sharks will play twice next year Feb. 18 in New Jersey, and March 28 at HP Pavilion.