Jacques Martin will have a new role with the Pittsburgh Penguins next season the club announced on Tuesday.
Martin will now be a special assistant to head coach Mike Johnston.
During the 2014-15 season Martin was a part of the Pens’ coaching staff in a scouting and advisory role. The 62-year-old was in charge of pre-scouting opponents and providing the coaching staff with opponent’s tendencies, strengths and weaknesses.
“One is personnel, on players, some strengths and areas that we can exploit on certain players,” Martin said of his role last season. “The second component is looking at the team’s play, systems and what we can to do to counteract that.”
Martin will continue to pre-scout opponents next season, but will do it via video.
His new role will be to analyze games from the media level and provide instant analysis to Johnston and his assistants on the bench.
“I’m really looking forward to it,” Martin said. “I have a good relationship with the coaching staff and management. Being closer to the team and provide feedback, use my experience from over the years, just giving them another opinion.”
Martin joined the club as an assistant coach in 2013-14 on Dan Bylsma’s staff. Last season his official title was senior advisor of hockey operations.
According to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, assistant coaches Gary Agnew and Rick Tocchet will remain on the bench with Johnston.
You can cross the Pittsburgh Penguins off the list of teams interested in Mike Babcock’s coaching services.
There was some thought that with Babcock’s ties to a number of Penguins, including Sidney Crosby; through his Olympic coaching experience that Pittsburgh could be a fit.
Penguins CEO David Moorehouse said last month that he has “never given any consideration” to replacing head coach Mike Johnston or GM Jim Rutherford.
Today Rutherford echoed that sentiment.
“We are committed to our present coaching staff,” Rutherford said.
Buffalo, Philadelphia, Toronto, and Edmonton are amongst the teams reportedly interested in Babcock.
Despite nearly missing the playoffs and then bowing out in five games to the New York Rangers, Mike Johnston and Jim Rutherford’s jobs are safe.
According to Dave Molinari of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Pens’ executive David Morehouse has “never given any consideration” replacing Johnston or Rutherford.
Molinari reports the Penguins brass believes the season was lost due to injuries. He adds that if the Rangers had been without key defensemen as the Penguins were, it could’ve been a different series.
The Penguins also have no interest in abandoning the “two-center model” featuring Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin.
Pittsburgh finished the regular season with their lowest point total (98) in an 82-game season since the 2005-06 season (58), which is the last time they failed to qualify for the playoffs.