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The Associated Press reports that San Jose Sharks GM Doug Wilson plans on making several changes to his team, and he's more than willing to share his agenda with those who'll listen:
Wilson said Thursday that he told pending unrestricted free agent defenseman Dan Boyle that he will not be re-signed, informed unproductive forward Martin Havlat that he will not be back next season and moved top-line wing Brent Burns back to defense after he had spent more than a year as a forward on captain Joe Thornton's line.
These changes come two weeks after the Sharks became the fourth team in NHL history to lose a best-of-seven series after winning the first three games.
Wilson spent the past two weeks meeting with coaches and players to help determine what went wrong in the final four games against Los Angeles and how to get a team that has been one of the best in the regular season the past decade over the playoff hump.
"You want to be careful not to change too many things, but you better be really careful that you're not just avoiding what really needs to take place," Wilson said. "There's two sides to that. I think what we need to do is much more drastic than just putting a Band-Aid on it."
Assistant coach Larry Robinson will be back but could have an expanded role that includes some front-office duties. ... Wilson said talks have already begun to keep backup G Alex Stalock, who can be an unrestricted free agent. ... Pavelski (shoulder) and F Raffi Torres (knee) had operations after the season.
from David Pollak of Working the Corners,
I was also curious about how his sense of the game has changed since he played in the 1970s and now views it as a coach in 2013.
“The game’s changed and I’ve been able to adapt to the changes in the game,” Robinson said. “I think I would have been a frustrated player playing in today’s game because when you’re big, a lot of the things you were able to do back then as a bigger player, you can’t do now.”
Then he talked of conversations he had with former NHL defenseman Vladimir Malakhov.
“I related to Malakhov – that was one of the main reasons why he quit hockey. He said, ‘I don’t know what to do anymore. If I put my hand here I get called for a penlty, if I do this I get called for a penalty.’ It frustrated the hell out of him so I think it would frustrate me a little bit,” Robinson said. “The fact that I was a good skater, I could probably adapt to it.”
Robinson has been coaching in the NHL for almost 20 years now. I asked him last summer how has his coaching philosophy changed over that time ?
“I was a little more of a defensive-minded coach. And I think in a way I’m still the same, I still think that good defense leads to offense – but I think you have to be a little more offensive minded now with the way the game is going.
from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,
After playing 1,200 games for the Habs, making the Hall of Fame, and having his No. 19 hoisted to the rafters, Robinson considered coming full circle. He was very interested in the head coaching job last summer, but the 61-year-old couldn’t get together with general manager Marc Bergevin, who eventually hired Michel Therien.
After being Devils coach Peter DeBoer’s assistant last season as New Jersey reached the Stanley Cup final, Robinson took a job in San Jose so he and his wife could be closer to his daughter and their twin, seven-year-old grandsons who live in Los Angeles. But the idea of taking a crack at the Habs job was percolating in his head.
“I kind of thought of working there (in Montreal) this year, but I guess the writing was on the wall … it wasn’t going to happen. I was supposed to meet with Bergevin (to interview) but we had a big storm and a flood in Florida and I wanted to make sure everything was fine at the farm. I wanted to make sure the horses and my machinery weren’t going to float away,” said Robinson.
“Then he got word I was taking other offers (Sharks general manager Doug Wilson had called out of the blue to see about Robinson moving to San Jose). He did what he had to do and I did what I had to do.
SAN JOSE – San Jose Sharks Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Wilson and Head Coach Todd McLellan announced today that longtime NHL player and head coach Larry Robinson has been named associate coach.
Robinson served as head coach for the Los Angeles Kings from 1995-99 and for the New Jersey Devils from 1999-2002, and in 2005-06, including leading the team to a Stanley Cup Championship in 2000 and the Stanley Cup Final in 2001, before falling to the Colorado Avalanche in seven games.
Robinson has also had stints as an assistant coach with New Jersey, including their 1995 and 2003 Stanley Cup Championship seasons and last season when the team advanced to the Stanley Cup Final against the Los Angeles Kings, falling in six games.
Hall of Famer Larry Robinson has just been hired as associate coach of the San Jose Sharks. Two years, one-year option #Habs— Dave Stubbs (@Dave_Stubbs) July 8, 2012
Robinson spoke w/ Steve Yzerman about work in Tampa, but Doug Wilson, long-time Larry friend, made an impressive pitch for Sharks— Dave Stubbs (@Dave_Stubbs) July 8, 2012
from Dave Stubbs of Hockey Inside/Out,
For nearly an hour on Sunday from his home in Florida, Canadiens Hall of Famer Larry Robinson spoke to Hockey Inside/Out’s Dave Stubbs about his latest brush with a coaching position with his former team. Robinson took the high road, but there’s no question he would have enjoyed the chance to work with some of the Habs’ young blue line prospects.
Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin rounded out his club’s coaching staff last week, naming former Habs defenceman Jean-Jacques Daigneault as the second bench assistant for head coach Michel Therrien. Daigneault joins Gerard Gallant, with Clément Jodoin contributing perspective from the press gallery and Pierre Groulx continuing his work as goaltending coach.
There had been considerable talk in the Canadiens universe since Bergevin’s May 2 hiring that Robinson, at that time an assistant coach for the New Jersey Devils, would be an ideal choice to nurture a young Montreal defence corps.
Ultimately, the composition of the coaching staff was left up to Therrien, and last Friday he decided on Daigneault as the final member of his staff.
There is no bitterness in Robinson, who a few times in the past half-dozen years has been in a contractual position to return to the Canadiens in a coaching capacity.
via the NY Post,
Devils assistant coach and 2000 Cup-winning head coach Larry Robinson vehemently ripped a report suggesting he is interested in joining the new Montreal regime, saying that comments attributed to an agent, whom he called a friend, were five years old and that there has been no such contact or interest.
If you want to review the report from the agent, friend, do so here.
from QMI Agency at the Toronto Sun,
Former Montreal Canadiens great Larry Robinson wouldn’t mind joining the Habs as an assistant coach, his agent said Wednesday.
Robinson, who currently works for the New Jersey Devils, would be a good fit with the Canadiens, Don Cape told TVA Sports. But Montreal would need to ask permission to talk to Robinson and that wouldn’t be granted until after the Devils season comes to an end.
“Larry would like to return to Montreal because the right people are in place, the conditions are good and because it is the right job for him,” Cape said. “We know Marc Bergevin and the Molson family, these are professional people. But it will be the next coach to determine if he wants Larry.”
from Steve Trivett of the Daily Sun (FLA.),
Larry Robinson understands more than most that sometimes the difference between victory and defeat has everything to do with the transition from offense to defense and from defense to offense.
For 21 years, Robinson played professional hockey at the highest level and was inducted into the National Hockey League Hall of Fame in 1995.
Six times he lifted the Stanley Cup.
He’s now playing a lot of polo.
On Sunday, he and Citizens First teammates Joy Rodak, Antonio Campos and Jamie Mirikitani lifted The Villages Health System Cup after defeating Preferred Care, 10-6, in the championship match of the 6-goal tournament at The Villages Polo Club….
“A lot of people call polo hockey on horseback,” Robinson said. “And actually, that is more fact than fiction.”
The NHL’s arrival in Europe last week coincided with two exhibition games between the leagues teams and their Russian rivals; the KHL. First up was an aggressive affair between the Carolina Hurricanes and SKA St. Petersburg. In a role reversal between leagues, SKA came out playing aggressively, so much so, in fact, that Hurricanes coach, Paul Maurice pulled his star players; Eric Staal and goaltender Cam Ward from the game as it deteriorated into a slugfest which resulted in a 5-3 victory for SKA. The other interleague game featured the Phoenix Coyotes gaining a measure of revenge for the NHL, by defeating Dynamo Riga 3-1. The interleague games were part of a longstanding tradition of play between the NHL and Russia. With that in mind, I thought I would take a look at some of the most famous and infamous matchups between the two rivals.
1. The Montreal Canadiens versus Central Red Army
December 31st, 1975
This matchup featured the most successful franchises from the NHL and the former Soviet league as the Canadiens played host to the Red Army team. Montreal featured Guy Lafleur, Ken Dryden, Larry Robinson and Bob Gainey among others against Valeri Kharlamov, Vladislav Tretiak, Vladimir Petrov and Boris Mikhailov. The level of play was as high as the 72’ Summit Series as the star players from each team were entering their prime. Despite outshooting Red Army 38-13, the Canadiens were forced to settle with a 3-3 tie, due to the outstanding play of Tretiak. This game would cement Tretiak’s longstanding relationship withe the city of Montreal, as the team would go on to draft the goaltender 138th overall in the 1983 NHL Entry Draft, despite Soviet players not being allowed to compete in the NHL.
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via Mark Everson of the NY Post,
Hall of Famer Larry Robinson will not return to the Devils’ bench as assistant coach next season, GM Lou Lamoriello told The Post yesterday.
“It was his [choice],” Lamoriello said. “He did it for one year because we asked him to do it with Brent Sutter coming in.”
Lamoriello said Robinson will revert to his previous post as a special assignment coach.
from the Montreal Gazette,
The National Hockey League can’t protect players from headshots and dangerous hits from behind, but it is determined to have games start on time.
The Canadiens have been fined an undisclosed amount after the start of last Monday’s game against Ottawa was delayed about 10 minutes because the ceremony to retire Larry Robinson’s No. 19 ran longer than planned.
more and you can read about the Leafs situation if you wish…
from Chris Stevenson of the Ottawa Sun,
MARVELVILLE—The road from this hamlet south of Ottawa to Montreal goes east and north to Hwy. 417. For Larry Robinson, it was paved with the work ethic of a farmer’s son.
Broke after his first year in pro hockey, and with a young wife and son, Robinson worked on the paving crew—7 a.m.-7 p.m.—on the 417 between Russell and Maxville in the summer of 1972.
Robinson made just $7,500 the previous winter playing for the Canadiens’ AHL farm team in Halifax. With wife Jeannette and son Jeffrey, money was stretched thin, especially when the team went on a long playoff run and won the Calder Cup.
Update 5:25pm ET: (alanah) From The Hockey News,
If the Montreal Canadiens keep retiring the numbers of everyone who deserves it, they’ll look more like a football team than a hockey team in a few years.
The Canadiens, who do these ceremonies far better than anyone else in the NHL (are you watching, Maple Leafs?) are set to retire their 12th number Monday night when Larry Robinson’s No. 19 is raised to the rafters of the Bell Centre. That will be followed by Bob Gainey’s No. 23 in February with it all but certain the Canadiens will retire Patrick Roy’s No. 33 next season when they celebrate their 100th anniversary.
Update 8:22pm ET: (alanah) via TSN:
Montreal Canadiens fans had waited a long time to give Larry Robinson the ovation he received Monday night, and they weren’t going to sit down until they were good and ready.
Robinson joined 12 other Canadiens legends when his No. 19 was retired and raised to the Bell Centre rafters before Montreal’s game against the Ottawa Senators.
Robinson received an ovation of several minutes when he was first introduced to the crowd, and he tried sitting down to get the fans to stop. But they refused, continuing for several more minutes despite Robinson’s repeated attempts to get them to sit down.
More photos here.
*original time of post 8:28 a.m. ET. Last update 5:22pm ET