No matter how much new assistant coach Jacques Martin helps the Pittsburgh Penguins in their own end, it’s unlikely they’ll win a Stanley Cup without better goaltending.
As everyone already knows, Marc-Andre Fleury has struggled badly in recent playoff appearances. And while Tomas Vokoun was mostly good in relief this past postseason, Fleury is still the team’s number one, according to head coach Dan Bylsma.
Which brings us to the Penguins’ search for a new goalie coach to replace Gilles Meloche, who stepped down in June.
Today, Bylsma said the search was down to three candidates.
Not surprisingly, Bylsma didn’t name names, but here’s one to chew on: Kim Dillabaugh.
Dillabaugh is currently with the Los Angeles Kings in their Player Development department. In that capacity, he’s worked with Jonathan Quick and Jonathan Bernier, a pair of goalies who’ve turned out pretty well, you’d probably agree.
We’ve no idea if Dillabaugh is on the Pens’ list of three, but hey, now you know of a guy by the name of Dillabaugh.
The Calgary Flames have released Ryan Wilson from his professional tryout.
The 28-year-old was trying to make a comeback after missing 79 games with a shoulder injury last season.
Even with T.J. Brodie sidelined because of a broken hand, Wilson still faced long odds to make the final roster.
The veteran will be hard-pressed to find NHL work with another team.
He hasn’t suited up in more than 12 regular season games since 2011-12.
The Stockton Heat, Calgary’s AHL affiliate, also made some news on Sunday.
The club announced that they’ve signed Colton Orr to an AHL contract.
The 33-year-old tough guy suited up in just one game for the Toronto Maple Leafs last season. He has 12 seasons of NHL experience under his belt.
The Arizona Coyotes have returned Dylan Strome to the Erie Otters of the OHL.
Strome, 18, was the third overall pick in the 2015 NHL draft.
The 6’3, 185 pounder was hoping to stick with the Coyotes this season, but the team decided to take the conservative approach with their top prospect.
Strome will look to build off an incredible junior season that saw him score 45 goals and 129 points in 68 games.
Strome seems to be taking the demotion in stride.
The team also announced that they’ve assigned goaltender Louis Domingue and forward Matthias Plachta to their AHL affiliate in Springfield.
Domingue, 23, had a 1-2-1 record with a 2.73 goals-against-average and a .911 save percentage in seven games last season.
Plachta, a free agent signing, will begin his first pro season in North America. The 24-year-old had 14 goals and 35 points in the German League last season.