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Posted: Tuesday, September 23, 2008 2:37 pm | Updated: 9:11 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

John Muckler, who won five Stanley Cups with the Edmonton Oilers in the 1980s and '90s, was hired by the Coyotes as senior adviser to general manager Don Maloney on Tuesday.

With Edmonton, Muckler served as assistant coach for the Stanley Cup-winning teams in 1984 and 1985 and was designated co-coach during the 1987 and 1988 championship seasons. Coyotes coach and managing partner Wayne Gretzky was a player on all four of those title teams.

Muckler then became the Oilers coach in 1989 and led the club to its fifth Stanley Cup in seven years in 1990.

Muckler has more than 50 years of professional hockey experience as part owner, general manager, director of player personnel, director of hockey operations, coach, assistant coach and player.

"His extensive hockey experience and wealth of knowledge will be an incredible asset to the organization," Maloney said in a team release.

A native of Midland, Ontario, Muckler spent 20 years with the New York Rangers, Minnesota North Stars and Vancouver Canucks before joining the Oilers organization in 1981. During those 20 years, Muckler served briefly as coach of the North Stars in 1968-69.

After his stay in Edmonton ended in 1991, Muckler left for the Buffalo Sabres. He coached the Sabres for the next four seasons while also assuming the role of general manager. Muckler stepped down from coaching in 1995 to focus on his front-office duties and was named NHL Executive of the Year by The Sporting News for the 1996-97 season.

From 1997-98 to 1999-2000, Muckler served as coach of the New York Rangers, where Gretzky also played under him.

Muckler was general manager of the Ottawa Senators from 2001-02 to 2006-07, constructing teams that made five playoff appearances, and in 2007 advanced to the Stanley Cup finals.

Muckler has a 276-288-84 NHL coaching record.

LOOSE PUCK: Associate coach Ulf Samuelsson has signed a contract extension. Terms of the deal were not announced. Samuelsson is entering his third season with the Coyotes.

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