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Nashville beat reporter Joshua Cooper shared some pressing news on Twitter just now. Per a “source close to the situation” (how DC is that phrase?), new head coach Barry Trotz intends to bring goaltending coach Mitch Korn to DC along with him. That would mean Olie Kolzig is out.
Korn is a goaltending institution. He literally has his own institution (http://www.mitchkorn.com/). As Nashville’s goaltending coach since 1998, Korn coached Pekka Rinne to Vezina Trophy nominations in 2011 and 2012.
Korn would replace Caps alum Olie Kolzig as goaltending coach. Kolzig took over the job from Dave Prior in September of 2013 following a falling out between Prior and then-coach Adam Oates. Kolzig faced heavy criticism for coaching franchise goalie Braden Holtby to a .005 drop in his save percentage after adjustments made per edict by Adam Oates.
The addition of Korn is a huge injection of experience into the Capitals system, but it comes at the loss of a fan favorite in Olie the Goalie (Coach).
7:45 PM Update: CSN’s Jill Sorenson reports that Olie Kolzig will remain on the coaching staff. Before being given the full-time job in Washington, Kolzig served two years as associate goaltending coach, where he worked with the team’s goalie prospects in the AHL and ECHL.