Capitals general manager Brian MacLellan told reporters he will not make any changes to the coaching staff this offseason, but he may be forced to find a new goalie coach next season.
According to MacLellan, current goalie coach Mitch Korn is taking time to “ponder his future.”
“I think he's keeping it open whether he comes back,” MacLellan said. “He's talked a little bit about a consulting role.”
Korn is extremely high regarded after a career working with goalies like Dominik Hasek, Pekka Rinne Grant Fuhr and Tomas Vokoun, among others. Barry Trotz brought Korn to Washington when he was hired as head coach in 2014 and he helped turn Capitals netminder Braden Holtby into a Vezina-caliber goalie. Holtby won the award as the league’s top goalie in 2015-16 and is again a finalist for the 2016-17 season. Korn has also helped develop Philipp Grubauer from prospect to budding NHL starter.
Losing Korn – who turns 60 in September – would be a significant blow for the Capitals, but one the team is already preparing for.
“We've been grooming Scott Murray for a goaltending coaching job, so the transition will happen,” MacLellan said. “I'm just not sure if it will be this year, next year or the year after. Mitch wants to spend more time at his home.”
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