The Pittsburgh Penguins needed one more coach to round-out their staff, and we now know the final addition.
According to the Pens’ Twitter handle, the organization has hired Gary Agnew as an assistant coach to go alongside Rick Tocchet in head coach Mike Johnston’s crew.
— Pittsburgh Penguins (@penguins) July 10, 2014
Agnew, 54, spent the last two seasons as an assistant coach for the St. Louis Blues, and before that he was the same title for four seasons with the Columbus Blue Jackets.
Agnew’s role for the Blues was working specifically with their power-play, but after going 2-for-29 on the man-advantage in their first round knockout to the Chicago Blackhawks, he was let go – per Josh Yohe of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. That’s not the confirmed reason Agnew was dismissed, but we can assume it was.
Agnew was fired after St. Louis lost in the first round to the Blackhawks. Was responsible for Blues PP, which went 2-for-29 in playoffs.
— Josh Yohe (@JoshYohe_Trib) July 10, 2014
Before his assistant coaching jobs, Agnew had been an interim coach for the Blue Jackets and a head coach for their American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, the Syracuse Crunch.
Tutoring the Crunch for six years, Agnew is the franchise’s all-time winningest coach with 200 career wins – per the Pens’ website.
The specific field Agnew will be responsible for overseeing on the Penguins is currently unknown.
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