The Thrashers named Clint Malarchuk as goaltending consultant on Thursday, completing the team’s new coaching staff. Malarchuk, who played 10 NHL seasons, joins head coach Craig Ramsay, associate coach John Torchetti and assistant coach Mike Strothers hired this offseason.
Malarchuk, 49, is known for the gruesome life-threatening injury suffered while playing for Buffalo in 1989. In a March 22 game against St. Louis, his throat was cut by the stake of the Blues’ Steve Tuttle, severing his internal carotid artery. He returned a week later and spent parts of three more seasons with the Sabres after the injury. He retired from hockey in 1996 after five seasons in the IHL. Malarchuk also played for Quebec, which drafted him in 1981 (No. 74), and Washington. He compiled a career record of 141-130-45 with 12 shutouts and a 3.47 goals-against average and .885 save percentage.
During three of his seasons in Buffalo, 1989-92, Malarchuk was coached by current Thrashers general manager Rick Dudley.
Malarchuk spent two seasons as a goaltenders coach in the NHL. He most recently served in the position for Columbus in 2006-07. He also coached goaltenders for Florida during the 2002-03 season, when Dudley was general manager. He was head coach of the ECHL’s Idaho Steelheads from 1998-2000.
The Thrashers have Chris Mason, signed as unrestricted free agent in July, and Ondrej Pavelec on the NHL roster. The team also has Chris Carrozzi, Ed Pasquale, Peter Mannino and Drew McIntyre under contract. They will be invited to training camp in September before it is determined where they will play next season. Malarchuk will work with the young goaltenders as part of his duties.
* If you are in Cumming on Saturday, Thrashers president Don Waddell and forwards Patrice Cormier and Alex Burmistrov will participate in the ribbon-cutting ceremony at THE ICE from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. They will be available for autographs following the ceremony.
* I will be stopping by the IceForum in Duluth on Friday morning to catch up with some of the players who are working out. Ondrej Pavelec, Chris Mason, Nik Antropov and Bryan Little are around. Look for something from there.