The San Jose Sharks are the only consistent Stanley Cup contender that has never made it within five games of winning it. There is always something that they are not able to overcome: 2011-12 was an inconsistent season that ended by Earth Day, and the main culprit was the penalty kill.
The Sharks were one goal away from being dead last in the NHL, and were terrified of penalties to becoming almost timid. If the Sharks had the New Jersey Devils goal-scoring margin on the PK, they would have had the best record.
Enter Larry Robinson. He was the assistant in charge of that penalty kill last season. He also was a coach on two of New Jersey's Cup-winning teams (1995, 2000) and made consecutive appearances in the finals as a head coach (2000, 2001).
It is a perfect fit for a man who is not up for being more than an assistant but still wants to be behind the bench. And it is a perfect fit in San Jose for the following five reasons...