Thrashers name Malarchuk as goaltender consultant

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.

27 comments Add your comment

Smoothie

August 19th, 2010
2:54 pm

Congrats Clint! Welcome to the machine.

R. Stroz

August 19th, 2010
3:00 pm

The Thrashers have re-chuk-ed.

GaVaHokie

August 19th, 2010
3:06 pm

According to Ben Wright, Malarchuk will be the goalie consultant for the entire organization. NHL, AHL, ECHL, NCAA, etc.

stendec

August 19th, 2010
3:10 pm

Why not Lehtonen?

Sage of Bluesland

August 19th, 2010
3:10 pm

*insert whining here*

KICK SAVE

August 19th, 2010
3:13 pm

DAGGUMMIT,IS THAT A GOOD MOVE OR WHAT!?!

Russian

August 19th, 2010
3:13 pm

I just saw his injury in 1989. It was horrible view. Lot of blood. He is luck to be alive.

kracker

August 19th, 2010
3:17 pm

I think KICK SAVE is NASCAR Dave

KLS1

August 19th, 2010
4:21 pm

Ok Dudley has all his boys around him…time to put up or shut up. If he can make a winner out of this franchise he can name his price anywhere.

Jeff97

August 19th, 2010
4:24 pm

So are we just going to call these guys..The Dudley Boys?
any wrestling fans out there….anyone?

Brendan

August 19th, 2010
4:46 pm

Sounds good to me. I remember the Malarchuk injury. God bless that man, and the outstanding medical staff at Buffalo’s arena.

Sage of Bluesland

August 19th, 2010
5:51 pm

Can’t get enough from the “pipeline” otherwise known as that juggernaut Columbus…

Like I said earlier: Stanley Cup!

KICK SAVE

August 19th, 2010
6:02 pm

NOPE!! THIS HERE AIN’T NAQSCAR DAVE, DAGGUMMIT!!!! I’M KICK SAVE YA HE-YAH,DAGGUMMIT!!!!

KICK SAVE

August 19th, 2010
6:13 pm

I LOVE ME SOME ATL.THRASHER’S & CAN’T WAIT FOR THE SEASON TO START!! DAG……OH YOU KNOW THE DRILLl!!! GO DUD’S!!!

R. Stroz

August 19th, 2010
6:59 pm

KICK SAVE found NASCAR Dave’s old keyboard.

kracker

August 19th, 2010
8:38 pm

Ah haha, KICK SAVE, I know you are not NASCAR Dave. Just teasing you a bit. NASCAR Dave did type in ALL CAPS. But he always signed off by saying ‘Nuff said’ so I know you were not him.

Welcome to the blogs ansd Go Thrashers!

Brendan

August 19th, 2010
10:11 pm

Wayne stuck in AL

August 20th, 2010
12:07 am

“Goaltender consultant” instead of goaltender coach??? Is there something we don’t know, or is it just semantics?

Flames

August 20th, 2010
7:31 am

There’s your proof…Duds Team! Duds Coach’s! Dud’s in charge! He is surrounding himself with his people…Good or bad it’s his team..

GaVaHokie

August 20th, 2010
8:04 am

haha, yeah, exactly Flames… obviously Waddell is still in charge, hiring everyone that Dudley ever worked with, right? (sarcasm)

NHL Ready

August 20th, 2010
8:24 am

You got it Flames good or bad. I really hope it works out and I have a feeling it will. But if some thing goes wrong will he pull the plug on one of his friends???

Jimbo

August 20th, 2010
9:21 am

A Stendec sighting and a NASCAR DAVE imposter. A great Friday.

Alan R.

August 20th, 2010
9:51 am

Stroz, it appears he did. I thought Dave said he trashed that thing on I-285.

Michael B. Shapiro

August 20th, 2010
10:25 am

Was really hoping they’d convince Moose to retire from playing and stay on as the Goaltending coach. Incredible work ethic and leadership skills. Sigh.

Zombie Steve

August 20th, 2010
11:43 am

D-Wad will be in Cumming on Sat at 1pm at The Ice….. here’s your chance, Sage =)

Zombie Steve

August 20th, 2010
11:44 am

Joyaman

August 20th, 2010
3:53 pm

Ask him how this happened….

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