Martin staying with Penguins another year


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Jacques Martin. - MATT SUNDAY / DKPS

Jacques Martin flirted with two NHL head coaching vacancies, but he'll keep his current job.

Martin will remain with the Penguins as an assistant under Mike Sullivan, where he has another year on his contract, according to TVA Sports' Renaud Lavoie, this after formally interviewing for the top jobs in Buffalo and Ottawa.

Just for fun, here's the man's tweet en Francais:

Martin oversees the Penguins' defense and penalty-killing, including calling the defensive pairings during games. He, Sullivan and Mark Recchi maintain a tight, communicative relationship, as well as a deep trust.


That means Sullivan's staff will return completely intact, which will be a big relief internally. In my talk with Jim Rutherford earlier this month, he sounded like he'd been bracing for Martin to leave, and that would have required a significant outside hire, in all likelihood, given Martin's extensive background, particularly in defensive hockey.

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