Forget all the drama coming out of the Ottawa Senators organization this offseason. The most shocking revelation of the 2018 NHL offseason isn’t Mike Hoffman and his alleged rift with captain Erik Karlsson. It’s not the arrest of Senators assistant general manager Randy Lee for his alleged sexual misconduct with a teenage bus driver. It’s not even the Toronto Maple Leafs’ signing of superstar free agent John Tavares.
Those stories are shocking, no doubt… but when it comes to on ice impact, nothing comes even close to Stanley Cup winning coach Barry Trotz resigning from his position with the Washington Capitals and accepting a position with the lowly New York Islanders. Remember that?
Well, according to a report from Newday’s Andrew Gross legendary Capitals goalie coach Mitch Korn is reportedly on his was out of DC and set to join Trotz in his new gig with the Islanders.
Check it out:
Believe goalie guru Mitch Korn is close to re-joining Barry Trotz with Isles, no announcements as of yet.
Really though… no one should be surprised. Korn has a long history tied to Trotz, serving under the head coach with the Nashville Predators for 16 years and then with the Capitals for the past four years.
Korn is credited with developing Braden Holtby from a raw prospect into a Vezina Trophy winning goaltender. He’s also credited with helping develop other quality NHL netminders like Pekka Rinne, Tomas Vokoun, Chris Mason and Martin Biron.
Korn is also famous for developing legendary goaltender Dominik Hasek from his time with the Buffalo Sabres in the 1990s. From Korn's Wikipedia entry:
Korn was hired by the Buffalo Sabres in 1991, where he coached Dominik Hašek to 4 Vezina trophies (leagues best goaltender), and 2 Hart trophies (league MVP) over seven seasons. Korn later joined the Nashville Predators in 1998 as their goaltending coach.
Korn will have his work cut out for him on the Island. The team recently acquired former Sabres goaltender Robin Lehner with the hopes that he can be moulded into a quality NHL starter. The bad news is that Lehner has had three sub par seasons with the Sabres, the good news is that if anyone can help him turn things around it's Korn.