The off-season is always a time for addition and subtraction. Today is no different as the Pittsburgh Penguins have lost strength and conditioning coach Mike Kadar to the Detroit Red Wings.
Kadar will take the same role with the Red Wings.
The 46-year-old has been with the Penguins since the 2007-08 season and the move was announced in a press release by the Red Wings and confirmed by Jonathan Bombulie of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.
Being a strength and conditioning coach is nothing new for Kadar who broke into the NHL with the Los Angeles Kings in the 2003-04 season. Kadar stayed with the Kings for four seasons. He also has served in the same role for Red Deer College from 2001-2002 and the Manchester Monarchs of the AHL from 2002-03.
In addition, Kadar also was hired as a strength and conditioning consultant for the 2007 Slovenian National Team. His roles while there were to take charge of strength and flexibility programs while helping the coaching staff with system adjustments. The Slovenian team won the gold medal in the B pool that year.
Kadar graduated from the University of Lethbridge with a physical education degree in 1996. He had a playing career with Red Deer College and the University of Lethbridge which lasted from 1988-96.
The Penguins have not commented on a potential replacement.