Jeff Reese, who mutually agreed to part ways with the Philadelphia Flyers back in March, is reportedly headed to Dallas to take over as the Stars’ goaltending coach.
According to InGoal Magazine, long-time Stars goalie coach Mike Valley will be moving into a new role as Director of Goaltending.
InGoal reports Valley will now be in charge of working with already drafted and signed goaltending prospects as well as amateur and pro scouting.
Reese appeared in 174 NHL games with five teams over a 12-year career. He joined the Tampa Bay Lightning as a goalie coach and then became an assistant on John Tortorella’s staff. He was a part of Tampa’s coaching staff when the Bolts won the Stanley Cup in 2004.
The 48-year-old was hired by the Flyers in 2009 and played a large role in Steve Mason’s development in Philadelphia.
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It hasn’t been easy this season for Ilya Bryzgalov. He’s been lost in the woods, ruminating about the universe, and getting yanked from games. Seeing him shut out the Capitals and earn a 1-0 victory last night, however, has fans in Philly feeling good and they’re not alone.
Flyers goalie coach Jeff Reese is impressed with Bryzgalov’s play and couldn’t contain his feelings on his performance last night as Frank Seravalli of the Philadelphia Daily News shares.
“That was his best game as a Flyer,” Reese said. “There’s no question about it. It’s just a confidence thing. The environment, everything around him, he’s starting to feel more comfortable.”
It’s taken all season, but if Bryzgalov has settled down into his role as the team’s No. 1 goalie, that’s a huge lift for a Flyers team that is hurting all over on their defense. Bryzgalov finding his game ahead of the playoffs makes for convenient timing as well because things were looking iffy in goal, so much so that the rumors about the Flyers looking for another goalie at the trade deadline grew strong. Philly held strong and that faith is being rewarded.
Now if the Flyers’ offense could return to action, perhaps the Flyers can overtake Pittsburgh for home ice in the first round of the playoffs.
Maybe Ilya Bryzgalov says he’s not going to start at the Winter Classic, but coach Peter Laviolette says he hasn’t made a decision.
Laviolette quickly followed up Bryzgalov’s brash announcement this morning saying he had yet to speak to the goalies, but he would soon and announce a starter later today.
CSNPhilly.com’s Tim Panaccio suspects that Flyers goalie coach Jeff Reese let the goalies know what was up and Bryzgalov ran with the new information. For what it’s worth, Sergei Bobrovsky didn’t say anything about whether he was starting or not.
If we’re going to be giving out insider information the chances we’ll trust Bryzgalov with that information are pretty slim.