The Penguins today filled their vacancy behind the bench by hiring former NHL player and coach Tony Granato as an assistant.
Granato, 45, served two stints as Colorado Avalanche head coach from 2002-04 and 2008-09, with a record of 215-104-17-16. He led Colorado to a Northwest Division title in 2003.
"We are excited to have a guy who's accomplished as much as Tony join our staff as an assistant coach," Penguins coach Dan Bylsma said in a statement. "In addition to his 13 years as an NHL player, he's also been a head coach and assistant coach for six years with the Avalanche, and all of that experience will make him a tremendous asset to the Penguins organization."
Granato played 13 seasons in the NHL with the New York Rangers (1988-90), Los Angeles Kings (1990-96) and San Jose Sharks (1996-2001). In 1997, he played in the NHL All-Star Game and was the recipient of the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy, given for perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey.
He replaces Tom Fitzgerald, who was an assistant during the Penguins' Stanley Cup run but stepped back into management after the season as assistant to the general manager.
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