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Larry Robinson has agreed to a three-year contract extension with the Sharks, staying on as an associate coach and adding a title of director of player personnel, according to Dave Stubbs of the Montreal Gazette.
A team source confirmed the extension, but added that Robinson’s specific title and role has not yet been finalized. The 62-year-old will continue to be a part of the team's coaching staff, but could also be consulted for roster and personnel decisions, including potential trades. In the new role, Robinson’s travel could be reduced, and rather than being behind the bench, he may act as an “eye in the sky” during games.
As recently as late January, Robinson told CSNCalifornia.com that he was not ready to commit to a third year with the team, citing his age and some health issues. "I just take everything a year at a time, and we’ll see how it goes,” he said.
Robinson, a legendary defenseman with the Montreal Canadiens, has played a key role in helping to develop some of the team’s younger defensemen. He is expected to help Brent Burns transition back to the blue line, after Burns spent the majority of the past two seasons as a forward.
Last week, general manager Doug Wilson hinted at an expanded role for Robinson, who just completed his second season with the team.
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The Sharks confirmed that goaltender Harri Sateri has signed a contract in the Russian-based Kontinental Hockey League, but the team is expected to qualify the pending restricted free agent, thereby retaining his rights.
Sateri was seemingly passed on the depth chart in AHL Worcester by goaltender Troy Grosenick, who is signed through the 2014-15 season and is expected to be the Sharks' minor league starter.
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There was some speculation here earlier this week that the Sharks might want to look into the services of pending unrestricted free agent goalie Ryan Miller, but according to a team source, that won't happen.