According to multiple reports, but first reported by Josh Cooper of The Tenneseean, the Washington Capitals are expected to announce Mitch Korn as their new goaltending coach.
Korn, 56, joins head coach Barry Trotz in D.C. in the same capacity that he served Trotz in Nashville with the Predators since 1998-99.
Prior to joining Trotz with the Preds, Korn spent seven seasons with the Buffalo Sabres. Some of Korn’s prized pupils are Dominic Hasek, Tomas Vokoun, Dan Ellis and Pekke Rinne.
According to CSN Washington, Olie Kolzig, who was the goaltending coach last season in his first stint as an NHL assistant coach, will remain on staff.
Via CSN’s Jill Sorenson: Olie Kolzig remains on staff with Caps. Waiting to hear what official roles will be for him and Mitch Korn.
— CSN Capitals (@CSNCapitals) June 12, 2014
Kolzig, obviously, holds a very special place in Capitals history, but the goalies seemed to take a step back last season as the team struggled as a whole. It was also widely reported that former head coach Adam Oates played a big part in trying to change Braden Holtby’s style during the first half of the season when he struggled the most, and Holtby credited a discussion with Kolzig as the motivating factor for him returning to his previous form.
“Olie and I have been on the same page since day one. He’s been keeping me sane through everything,” Holtby said then. “We talked about everything and we realized that I had to get back to where my natural instincts led me and we did that as a goaltender-goalie coach tandem, and I think towards the end of the season I think that paid off.”