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Pens Extend Contracts Of Assistant Coaches

By: Mike Vukovcan
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The Pittsburgh Penguins have signed assistant coaches Tony Granato, Todd Reirden and Gilles Meloche and strength and conditioning coach Mike Kadar to multi-year contract extensions.

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

Earlier, the Penguins signed head coach Dan Bylsma to a multi-year extension. Bylsma is a finalist for the Jack Adams Award as NHL Coach of the Year.

“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 in Pittsburgh and in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, and this gives them and us a strong sense of stability.”

The Penguins finished the 2010-11 season with a 49-25-8 record for 106 points – the third-best record in the Eastern Conference — despite long-term injuries to Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and Jordan Staal.

The WB/S Penguins finished first in the American Hockey League in the regular season, and Hynes was named AHL Coach of the Year.

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