Larry Robinson

Report: Sharks extend Robinson, might add more duties


Hall of Fame defenseman Larry Robinson will be serving as an associate coach with the San Jose Sharks for another three seasons after agreeing to an extension, according to CSN Bay Area. His job might not be limited to his coaching role though.

San Jose is also reportedly talking about making him a consultant for future trades and other roster decisions. He might end up traveling with the Sharks less as he takes on more front office duties and serve as an “eye in the sky” over the course of games rather than being behind the bench.

When Robinson, 62, joined the San Jose organization in 2012, the hope was that his extensive history of postseason success would help the Sharks end their streak of underperforming in the playoffs.

Obviously, the Sharks are still struggling to gain any traction in the playoffs, but Robinson has been credited with developing the team’s young defenseman and should aide 29-year-old Brent Burns as he shifts back to the blueline in 2014-15.

Here are the 10 oldest players to play a game this season

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This isn’t breaking news or anything. We just thought you’d like to know that three of the NHL’s 10 oldest players (who’ve played at least one game this season) are members of the Florida Panthers.

Oh, and the Panthers’ starting goalie? He’s the oldest starter in the league. (Scroll down.)

Here’s the list of skaters, topped by 43-year-old Jaromir Jagr:


Yet another veteran Panther, 36-year-old defenseman Brian Campbell, ranks 17th on the list.

Granted, the above list does not include 39-year-old Patrik Elias (who’s hurt) or 39-year-old Eric Boulton (who just re-signed with the Isles). As soon as those two play, Thornton will get pushed out of the top 10.

Now here’s the list of goalies who’ve started at least one game this season, topped by 36-year-old Roberto Luongo:


For the record, Luongo isn’t the oldest goalie under contract. That would be Minnesota’s Niklas Backstrom, who’s 37.

Related: Can Florida’s old guys hang on while the young guys get better?

Hamburglar (groin) returns, Sens demote O’Connor

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Matt O'Connor‘s time in the Canadian capital was brief, but still noteworthy.

O’Connor, the losing netminder in Sunday’s “Battle of the Backups” against Montreal — Habs No. 2 Mike Condon got the win — has been sent down to AHL Binghamton to pave the way for Andrew Hammond‘s return from a groin injury, per the Sun.

The Hamburglar has been out since the preseason, but his return is earlier than expected.

He was originally supposed to miss the first two weeks, yet now sounds as though he’ll play one of Ottawa’s two games on an upcoming road trip through Columbus and Pittsburgh.

It’s going to be interesting to see if Hammond can replicate the success he had last season, when he came out of nowhere to go 20-1-2 with a 1.79 GAA and .941 save percentage, and finish seventh in Vezina voting.