Petshark: Talking Stick
by petshark on 07/08/12 at 07:10 PM ET
By far the most exciting Sharks news of the off-season so far, the Sharks are expected to formally announce Monday that Larry Robinson will be their new Associate Coach. His credentials are well summarized by the descriptors attached to his name: “Legendary,” “Hall of Fame Defenseman,” “6-time Stanley Cup winner” or, if they’re counting as coach, which certainly Sharks fans should be “9-time Stanley Cup winner.” How did San Jose get so lucky? I’m sure the formal announcement will give more details, but scuttlebutt is that we have his grandchildren, or at least their parents, to thank for residing in California. I’m so excited, happy and stunned by this news that I don’t know when I’ll be able to process it except by smiling a lot. In the mean time, a quick list of bits already up about it:
@Dave_Stubbs: “Hall of Famer Larry Robinson has just been hired as associate coach of the San Jose Sharks. Two years, one-year option #Habs”
Working the Corners: “The Sharks have hired Hall of Fame defenseman Larry Robinson as an assistant coach, bringing on board a veteran whose most recent time behind the bench was with the New Jersey Devils in the Stanley Cup finals.”
NBC Sports: “Given his extensive history of success in the playoffs, this signing should be particularly helpful to the San Jose Sharks. For years they’ve had the talent to be a legitimate Stanley Cup contender, but they’ve always fallen short when it came time to execute in the playoffs. Perhaps Robinson can help with that.”
More specific than the Stanley Cups and the playoff experience associated with those is that Robinson ran the Devils’ defense this season. If the Sharks were looking for a philosophical change, Robinson probably has some they can try.
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Native of Northern California. Hockey fan since 1998... sort of... there's a hiatus in there that I still can't explain.
I want to know about anything and everything related to the sport and the spectacle. I watch, I react, I write it down.
My interest in the Sharks was initially a matter of geographic convenience and regional loyalty because that seemed to be how it worked. I had no prior interest (at all-- AT ALL) in professional sports of any kind. When I met hockey, it might have set off a chain reaction of general sports fandom. It hasn't, I don't think it will. At all.
Since then, that interest developed into full blown (mostly sort of usually almost completely) exclusive loyalty to the Sharks.
I started blogging a couple years ago on wordpress. I still occasionally put things there that I don't think fit here because they are not about the Sharks. Wherever my words wander, here on Kuklas Korner, they will (usually) hang on to a teal thread.
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