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The San Jose Sharks have named Jim Johnson an assistant coach, the team announced Tuesday.

Johnson last season was an assistant coach for the Washington Capitals under Dale Hunter.

The 49-year-old also has been an assistant coach for the Phoenix Coyotes and Tampa Bay Lightning, and was coach of HC Lugano in Switzerland.

Johnson played 13 seasons in the NHL as a defenseman for the Pittsburgh Penguins, Minnesota North Stars, Dallas Stars, Capitals and Coyotes.

"My ability to communicate is key," Johnson said, according to The Canadian Press. "I'm a real teacher of the game and a guy that pays attention to details and how to articulate them to the players. I think that's so critical in how you do it. I've always said that good coaches are teachers first and foremost."

Monday, the team introduced Hall of Fame defenseman Larry Robinson as an associate coach on Todd McLellan's staff. The new coaches will focus on defense and the penalty kill.

"Adding two defensemen, both that have had tremendous careers as players and coaches, it would only make common sense that we push them in that direction," McLellan said in a conference call with reporters. "We're all aware that our penalty kill has to get better -- and I'm taking full responsibility -- and we're anxious to get some new ideas and new thoughts."

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