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.
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).The Penguins ran this feature on Dube on their website late last season.
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.
Pittsburgh also apparently recently made contract offers to their two graybeards, Mark Recchi and Gary Roberts.