Monday, June 04, 2007

Penguins fire associate coach

General manager Ray Shero confirmed yesterday that conditioning coach Stephane Dube has been fired. He declined to elaborate except to say that Dube "did nothing 'wrong.' "

Dube, a long-time associate of coach Michel Therrien who joined the Penguins when Therrien was brought in to replace Eddie Olczyk as coach in December 2005, could not be reached for comment.
I'm afraid I don't have any info on why this was done now or the significance of the move, but I do know Dube has been with Therrien for 15+ years dating all the way back to their QMJHL days.

From Dube's bio on the Penguins official site, which has been removed:
Dube, a Montreal native, has worked with Therrien since 1992. They first worked together when both were in Laval of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League in the early 1990s. The two moved to Grandby of the QMJHL in the 1995-96 season and captured the Memorial Cup. They worked together again with Montreal’s American Hockey League affiliate in Fredericton before Dube was promoted to the Montreal Canadiens’ strength and conditioning coach for three seasons (1998-2001).

After Dube left Montreal, he worked with the University du Quebec a Trois-Rivieres hockey team as it won back-to-back national titles. When Therrien was hired to coach Wilkes-Barre/Scranton prior to the start of the 2003-04 season, he called on Dube to be his strength and conditioning coach.

Dube, 34, customizes workout plans for each player and works with each to obtain optimal fitness and flexibility. In addition, Dube works with the players on the Penguins’ minor-league affiliates in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton and Wheeling.
The Penguins ran this feature on Dube on their website late last season.

Pittsburgh also apparently recently made contract offers to their two graybeards, Mark Recchi and Gary Roberts.



At 11:06 a.m., June 04, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

During the 1998-99 season the Montreal Canadiens set a then NHL record for the most man games lost to injury.
Perhaps Penguins management are wary of that fact.
Needless to say since Mr. Duby left the employ of the Canadiens, the injury bug has not be quite as severe.

At 7:55 p.m., June 04, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think you'd need more then one season to imply correlation with his being the strength and conditioning coach.
Injuries tend to be flukey things.

Look at the list of man games lost to injury for various teams this season.. some odd things will stand out.
Toronto for example set a team record for most man games lost to injury... this despite having a relatively young roster and not many players with any history of injuries.

A few years ago with a heavily veteran laden roster, and alomost a half dozen players that averaged less then 65 games played a yr... they had less injuries then they'd had in almost a decade.

Same conditioning coach both times. Just fluke luck.

If teams employing Duby consistently saw high injury totals, or injuries tended to sharply increase immediately after he was hired by various teams then I think you could plausibly blame him.

One season almost a decade ago doesn't necessarily imply much however.


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