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Penguins sign assistants to multi-year deals

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Penguins coach Dan Bylsma is a finalist for the Jack Adams Award.

The team apparently likes his assistants, also.

Assistant coaches Tony Granato, Todd Reirden and Gilles Meloche — along with strength and conditioning coach Mike Kadar — have signed multi-year contract extensions, Penguins general manager Ray Shero announced Tuesday.

The Penguins also have signed Wilkes-Barre/Scranton coach John Hynes and his assistant, Alaine Nasreddine, to multi-year extensions.

"We're excited to have this entire group together and under contract as we move forward and prepare for the 2011-12 season," Shero said. "We think we have an outstanding coaching staff, both here and in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, and this gives them and us a strong sense of stability."

Granato, a former head coach in Colorado, will be entering this third season as Bylsma's assistant. He works primarily with the forwards.

Reirden, entering his second season as Bylsma's assistant, was roundly praised within the organization for his work with the team's defensemen last season.

Meloche, a longtime member of the Penguins organization, is the only NHL goaltender coach Marc-Andre Fleury has ever had. Fleury enjoyed his best statistical season during the 2010-11 campaign.




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