SAN JOSE -- The Sharks are giving Hall of Fame defenseman Larry Robinson a spot in the front office in addition to his role as an associate coach.

Robinson agreed to a new three-year deal Wednesday that will make him the team's director of player development. While he will retain the coaching spot he has held the past two seasons, the plan calls for him to spend less time behind the bench.

"It fits exactly what he's really good at and what our needs are," general manager Doug Wilson said of the expanded role for Robinson.

In his new role, Robinson will not be with the Sharks on every trip next season, and he expects to be spending more time in Worcester with San Jose's AHL affiliate.

"It's a great working environment," Robinson said of his continuing role on the coaching staff, "and through development, I'll not only be working with the D, I'll be trying to help everybody get better."

Robinson, who will turn 63 next week, acknowledged that one of his goals was to cut back on the travel grind.

"I just found that, at my age, those long trips took me a while to bounce back from," he said. "I'm not young like these other three guys that I'm working with."

Robinson will spend even less time behind the bench in the final two years of his new contract. Starting with the 2015-16 season, he said he will focus more on San Jose's AHL affiliate in Worcester and use his home in Florida as his base. Trips to the West Coast will be on an as-needed basis.

Wilson also indicated that Robinson's role with the team will evolve into areas beyond development. After the Sharks blew a 3-0 series lead and were eliminated by the Los Angeles Kings, the general manager has talked about changing the team's culture, and it's easy to see how Robinson's experience could help do that.

Robinson won six Stanley Cups over the course of 17 seasons as a defenseman with the Montreal Canadiens. He later added three more titles in various roles with the New Jersey Devils, including as head coach of the team that won it in 2000.

Robinson was an assistant coach with the Devils when he joined the Sharks in 2012, at least in part because he and his wife wanted to be closer to their daughter and her family, including two grandchildren, in Southern California.