Penguins coach Therrien gets 1-year contract extension

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Penguins coach Michel Therrien has agreed to a one-year contract extension.

Because he has one season remaining on his current deal, Therrien will remain on the payroll at least through the 2008-09 season.

He led the Penguins to a 47-24-11 record last season; that was good for 105 points, the second-highest total in franchise history and a 47-point improvement that ranks as the fourth-best in NHL history -- as well as their first playoff berth since 2001.

Therrien's performance was rewarded when he was voted a finalist for the Jack Adams Trophy, which goes to the NHL's top coach.

He coached the Penguins' farm team in Wilkes-Barre for parts of three seasons before succeeding Eddie Olczyk as coach here in December, 2005. Before that, he coached the Montreal Canadiens for parts of three seasons.

Also, the Penguins signed two free-agent defensemen expected to compete for jobs in Wilkes-Barre, Mark Ardelan and Deryk Engelland.

Ardelan, 24, had eight goals and 30 assists in 79 games with Iowa of the American Hockey League last season, while Engelland, 25, had four goals, six assists and 95 penalty minutes in 44 games with Hershey of the AHL.



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