By Matt Popchock

PITTSBURGH (93-7 THE FAN) — The Penguins have added another veteran presence to join assistant coaches Tony Granato and Todd Reirden on head coach Dan Bylsma’s bench.

Jacques Martin, a 60-year-old St.-Pascal, Ontario native who has coached the Blues, Senators, Panthers, and, most recently, the Montreal Canadiens–before he was replaced by former Pens coach Michel Therrien–will join the Penguins’ staff, it was announced Friday.

Martin has coached nearly 1,300 NHL games, winning 613 and making 12 playoff appearances in his 17 big-league seasons. A four-time Jack Adams Award (NHL coach of the year) nominee and one-time winner with Ottawa in 1999, he ranks seventh all-time among NHL coaches in games coached and tenth in wins.

In 2010 he led the Habs to a seven-game upset victory over the defending Cup champion Penguins in the Eastern Conference Semifinals.

Pens GM Ray Shero previously worked with him as a front-office assistant in the Senators’ organization.

“Jacques is a highly-respected and accomplished coach who will be a tremendous addition to our staff,” Shero said. “He brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to our organization because of his extensive background as a head coach and an assistant.”

“Jacques and I have spent a great deal of time over the last few weeks discussing this possibility. It will be great to have another voice, another perspective–especially from a man of Jacques’ experience,” Bylsma added. “We’re all looking forward for getting together as a staff and preparing for the coming season.”

“It’s such an exciting opportunity to come to Pittsburgh and work with Dan, Tony, and Todd,” Martin said. “The expectations are always high for the Penguins, but I look forward to the challenge and to helping Dan and his staff in any way possible.”

(The Pittsburgh Penguins contributed to this report.)


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