The New Jersey Devils are reportedly losing another key man to a Western Conference team.
Less than a week after free-agent captain Zach Parise signed a 13-year deal with the Minnesota Wild, it looks like assistant coach Larry Robinson will walk away from the Devils to take a similar gig with the San Jose Sharks. The Montreal Gazette says Robinson's hiring as an associate coach of the Sharks will be announced Monday.
The Devils earlier lost another assistant coach when Adam Oates was hired as the head coach of the Washington Capitals.
Robinson has long ties to the Devils. He's been a head coach or assistant four times since 1999 and won the Stanley Cup on two occasions with the team. He was also head coach of the Los Angeles Kings from 1995-99.
LIDSTROM GETS JOB
Nicklas Lidstrom may be retired but he's still going to be working.
The Detroit Red Wings plan on keeping Lidstrom, who ended his 20-year playing career earlier this summer, with the organization as a scout, probably based in Europe.
"We haven't really sat down (and determined) to what extent, but he'll be in the organization and do everything he can to help us out," Red Wings assistant general manager Jim Nill told NHL.com during a session of the Red Wings prospects camp. "We might bring him back here. It depends on the situation. His terms. We wanted to keep him in the organization."
Lidstrom won the Stanley Cup four times and the Norris Trophy as the NHL's top defenceman seven times during his two decades with the Red Wings.
Shane Doan could be done with the Phoenix Coyotes as soon as Monday.
Doan, an unrestricted free agent, set a deadline of July 9 to decide if he would give the team he captained a shot at re-signing him. The issue, according to Doan's camp, was the unsettled future of the Phoenix franchise, which at this point appears to be no more certain than it was when the 35-year-old forward officially became a free agent.
But Doan's career with the Coyotes could come to an end quickly if he decides he's had enough of the drama. Eleven teams are reportedly interested in signing him, including the New York Rangers, Detroit Red Wings and Montreal Canadiens, according to reports.
"It's heartbreaking for him," Doan's agent, Terry Bross, told the Arizona Republic. "Heartbreaking."