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Sharks, Robinson parting ways after five seasons

Sharks, Robinson parting ways after five seasons

After five seasons with the Sharks, Larry Robinson is leaving the organization.

Robinson, 65, spent the last three seasons as the club's director of player development. He served as an associate coach from 2012-14.

TSN in Montreal and the Montreal Gazette originally reported the news.

The Sharks confirmed that Robinson's contract would be expiring, and general manager Doug Wilson told NBC Sports California that the divorce was amicable, and "because of geography." Robinson lives in Florida.

According to the Montreal Gazette

Robinson’s contract with the Sharks expires on July 1, but agent Donnie Cape said Thursday that San Jose general manager Doug Wilson has given him permission to speak with other teams. Robinson lives in Bradenton, Fla., and the long travel distance to San Jose is one of big the reasons he’s looking for a new team to work for.

Robinson seemed to ponder retirement in 2014, but signed a three-year extension to remain in the Sharks' front office. He worked mostly from his home in Florida the past two seasons, making occasional trips to San Jose, including during training camp.

In the summer of 2015, Robinson underwent surgery for skin cancer.

Recognized as one of the best defensemen in NHL history, Robinson won six Stanley Cup championships with the Montreal Canadiens as a player, and holds the NHL record for playing 20 straight seasons in the playoffs. A 10-time All-Star and two-time Norris Trophy winner, Robinson was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1995.

Robinson was the head coach of the Los Angeles Kings from 1995-99, and the New Jersey Devils from 1999-2002 and again in 2005-06. He led the Devils to the Stanley Cup in 2000. Robinson has nine Stanley Cup rings as a player and coach.

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The Sharks did not renew the contract of pro scout Jason Rowe, who had been with the organization for the past nine seasons. Rowe focused on eastern NHL and AHL teams.

Sharks takeaways: What we learned in 4-0 win vs. Wild as streak hits five

Sharks takeaways: What we learned in 4-0 win vs. Wild as streak hits five

BOX SCORE

There wasn’t a lot of room out on the ice between the Sharks and the Minnesota Wild at the start of Tuesday evening's contest. 

Then San Jose, broke through thanks to a two-goal evening from Logan Couture and a magnificent performance from goaltender Martin Jones. After a solid 60 minutes, the Sharks emerged victorious, 4-0.

Here are three takeaways from San Jose's fifth straight win:

Nice rebound for Jones

Jones needed a rebound performance on Tuesday evening. After a string of solid starts following his victory over the Canadiens in Montreal on Dec. 2, the netminder was pulled after giving up three goals on four shots Sunday in Chicago. 

Jones didn’t just prevent those trickle-in goals that eluded him on Sunday. He stood tall against a Wild team that skated in low, and put plenty of pucks on net.  He was particularly good when Minnesota began peppering him with shots in the start of the second period, keeping the Wild off the board.

Speaking of that frame …

Another stellar second stanza

This was the second game in a row where the Sharks have come alive in the second period. After a tight opening 20 minutes, San Jose tried to create some space for themselves. The result was Couture’s first goal on the evening, which was set up by an amazing behind-the-net pass from rookie winger Lukas Radil. 

The stretch of strong second periods is a real testament to how much the Sharks have turned their overall game around. Instead of jumping out with a strong start and then getting relaxed, they’ve taken over the pace of the game. Plus, they’ve also stayed strong in the third period.

Quality apples

The goal-scorers usually get all the glory, but three of San Jose’s goals on Tuesday were owed to highlight-reel assists. Following Radil’s crafty pass to set up Couture’s game-opening goal, Tomas Hertl made an amazing saucer pass to Joe Pavelski, who notched the second goal on a breakaway 29 seconds after Couture's. Both of those goals manifested thanks to plays created by newcomer Radim Simek in the Sharks’ zone.

In the third period, Couture added to the Sharks' lead after receiving the puck from Hertl on a crazy play created by Erik Karlsson. Yes, the same Erik Karlsson who now has a six-game point streak. 

The first two goals showed how much more defensively sound the Sharks are playing, and how they’re translating that into offensive production.

Sharks vs. Wild live stream: How to watch NHL game online on MyTeams

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Sharks vs. Wild live stream: How to watch NHL game online on MyTeams

As the Sharks head to Minnesota to take on the Wild on Tuesday, a player who once called the Xcel Energy Center home is heating up.

Brent Burns has five points (all assists) in his last three games, while San Jose carries a four-game winning streak into Tuesday night's matchup. Fellow Norris Trophy winner Erik Karlsson is also heating up, as the Sharks' blue line-led offense is starting to materialize. 

Minnesota, meanwhile, has won two of its last three after a 7-2 loss to the Edmonton Oilers on Dec. 7. The Wild narrowly lost to the Calgary Flames on Saturday, and will wrap up their four-game homestand Tuesday night. 

Here's how you can watch Sharks-Wild live online in the new MyTeams by NBC Sports app.

When: 5:00 p.m. PT on Tuesday, Dec. 18 (pregame show starts at 4:30 p.m.)
TV Channel: NBC Sports California
Live Stream: MyTeams by NBC Sports app

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