After serving for seven seasons as the Pittsburgh Penguins goaltending coach, Gilles Meloche has decided to step down and accept a new role within the organization as a special assignment scout, according to the team’s website.
Meloche, 62, played in 788 NHL games as a netminder and 2013 was his 27th campaign with Pittsburgh.
“Gilles believes it’s the right time in his life and his career to move back into a scouting role,” GM Ray Shero said. “He has been an invaluable member of this organization since arriving in Pittsburgh as a player in 1985 and has been on the staff for three Stanley Cup championships.
“He’s been a scout, a goaltending consultant and a full-time goaltending coach, providing great leadership for our goaltenders and prospects. He will continue to be an asset as a special assignment scout.”
He’s been Pittsburgh’s full-time goaltending coach for most of Marc-Andre Fleury’s career. Fleury has become the franchise’s all-time wins leader, but he’s also struggled in each of the Penguins’ last two playoff runs.
It seems Mathew Barzal has played in his last game in a New York Islanders’ uniform for a little while.
Barzal took part in the Islanders’ preseason finale against the Washington Capitals on Sunday, but after that contest the Islanders decided to return him to WHL Seattle, per Newsday’s Arthur Staple.
He was taken with the 16th overall pick in 2015 NHL Entry Draft. That selection was well-traveled as it originally belonged to the Pittsburgh Penguins, but was involved in the David Perron trade and then moved to the Islanders as part of Edmonton’s deal to get Griffin Reinhart.
Barzal is noteworthy for his skill and speed, but he may have slipped in the draft due to a knee injury he sustained during the 2014-15 campaign.
The Islanders also reassigned Kirill Petrov, Kevin Czuczman, Scott Mayfield, and Adam Pelech to the AHL’s Bridgeport Sound Tigers.
Torres offered in-person hearing, potentially setting up long suspension
The 33-year-old forward that has become known primarily for his controversial hits has once again put himself in the sights of the NHL’s Department of Players Safety. They confirmed that he was offered an in-person hearing following his hit on Jakub Silfverberg Saturday night. He declined the opportunity to meet with them face-to-face, but the offer itself is an important detail because it gives the league the option to suspend him for more than five games.
It certainly seems like the stage is set for a lengthy suspension. While Torres is not considered a repeat offender as his last suspension came more than 18 months ago, the NHL still retains the right to consider his history when deciding on this matter.
Among other incidents, he was once was banned from 25 games for his hit on Marian Hossa in 2012, although it was later reduced to 21 contests after an appeal. The NHL found that Torres was guilty of breaking three rules for that hit; namely interference, charging, and illegally hitting the head. The NHL is reviewing Torres’ latest incident for the same three violations.