Penguins hire former Montreal GM as assistant coach
Monday, July 03, 2006
By Dave Molinari, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
The Penguins filled out coach Michel Therrien's staff today by hiring former Montreal general manager Andre Savard as an assistant coach.
Savard, 53, was Canadiens' GM from Nov. 20, 2000, through the end of the 2002-03 season, a period than included Therrien's stint as coach in Montreal.
Savard played 790 games with Boston, Buffalo and Quebec, putting up 482 points in 790 games over 12 seasons.
He moved into the Quebec front office when he retired as a player in 1985. He spent 10 seasons with the Nordiques as a scout, assistant coach, head coach in the NHL and American Hockey League and director of player development.
He joined Ottawa in 1995, putting in four years as chief scout and another an assistant coach before moving on to Motnreal in 2000. He was director of hockey personnel when he joined the Canadiens, then was promoted to GM.