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Penguins add Reirden, Vellucci as assistant coaches

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Todd Reirden has found a new home just 10 days after being dismissed as head coach of the Washington Capitals.

The Pittsburgh Penguins hired Reirden and Mike Vellucci as assistant coaches on Wednesday, the team announced.

Reirden was let go after two seasons as the Capitals' bench boss following the club's qualifying-round loss to the New York Islanders in August. He spent the previous four campaigns as the team's assistant coach and helped capture the Stanley Cup in 2018.

The hiring marks Reirden's second stint in Pittsburgh, as the 49-year-old served as an assistant coach from 2010-14.

Vellucci served as head coach and general manager for the Penguins' farm club in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton last season. He led the AHL's Charlotte Checkers to a Calder Cup championship as head coach in 2018-19.

The Penguins parted ways with former assistant coaches Mark Recchi, Sergei Gonchar, and Jacques Martin in August.

Penguins add Reirden, Vellucci as assistant coaches
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