The San Jose Sharks have confirmed the recent reports that Hall of Fame defenseman Larry Robinson will stay on as an associate coach. They also given him another title.
Robinson is now the team’s director of player development. As the name implies, he’ll be responsible for guiding the Sharks’ players and prospects in addition to his previous duties under head coach Todd McLellan.
Player development is always crucial for obvious reasons, but it’s particularly important right now as the Sharks want to give bigger opportunities to their young players next season.
In Robinson, the Sharks have a man with a wealth of hockey knowledge and a history of postseason success. He won the Stanley Cup six times as a player. He also won the Cup in 2000 as the New Jersey Devils’ bench boss and was an assistant coach when the Devils won it all in 1995 and 2003.
“Larry is one of the most respected minds in hockey and we are thrilled to continue having him involved with our organization,” said Sharks GM Doug Wilson.
You probably know the drill: injury updates are murky in the NHL basically from the moment a puck drops.
We’ll learn more once the 2015-16 season begins, but at the moment, Saturday might have served as a costly night for the Tampa Bay Lightning. Both Tyler Johnson and Alex Killorn went down with injuries stemming from a 3-2 pre-season win against the Florida Panthers.
“Guys were dropping like flies,” Steven Stamkos told the Tamba Bay Times.
These could be minor situations – just about any ailment will sideline a key asset this time of year – yet one cannot help but wonder if the Lightning might limp into this campaign.
Nikita Kucherov is dealing with his own issues, so that means at least minor issues for one half of the Bolts’ top six forwards.
It’s believed that more will be known about these banged-up Bolts sometime on Sunday.
With knee issues still limiting him, Raffi Torres isn’t as mobile as he once was. Apparently he still moves well enough to leave the usual path of destruction.
It’s the pre-season, so it’s unclear if we’ll get a good look at the check, but Torres received a match penalty for his hit on Anaheim Ducks forward Jakob Silfverberg.
Most accounts were pretty critical of the San Jose Sharks’ chief troublemaker:
It’s too early to tell if Silfverberg is injured. If he is, that’s a significant loss for the Ducks, as he really showed signs of fulfilling his promise (especially during the 2015 playoffs).
As far as Torres goes, he’s hoping to play in the Sharks’ season-opener. Wherever he ends up, he’ll certainly make plenty of enemies on the ice.
Whether it was because of that hit or just the general distaste shared by those sides, it sounds like tonight’s Sharks – Ducks exhibition is getting ugly, in general:
This post will be updated if video of the hit becomes available, and also if we get a better idea of Silfverberg’s condition.
Update: Bullet dodged?