Report: Sharks hire assistant

July 8, 2012, 9:30 pm
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The Sharks have hired Hall-of-Fame defenseman and Stanley Cup-winning coach Larry Robinson as an assistant, according the the Montreal Gazette and David Pollack of the San Jose Mercury News.

A formal announcement is expected to be made Monday.

Robinson, 61, is expected to work closesly not only with the team's defenseman, but also with a penalty kill that ranked second-worst in the NHL last season.

Robinson played 17 season for the Montreal Canadiens and three for the Los Angeles Kings, winning six Stanley Cups in Montreal. He twice received NHL defenseman of the year honors and won the Conn Smythe Trophy as the most valuable player of the 1978 playoffs.

He owns the highest career plus-minus rating in NHL history at 730, which his 202 better than Ray Bourque and 212 better than The Great One himself, Wayne Gretzky. Robinson retired in 1992 and was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1995.

Robinson won the Cup again as an assistant coach with the New Jersey Devils in 1995, and then as the team's head coach in 2000.

With his name etched into the Cup nine times as a player, coach or scout, he brings a degree of postseason pedigree the Sharks are constanly searching for.

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