The New York Islanders announced on Thursday that Caps goalie whisperer Mitch Korn will serve as their new Director of Goaltending. He reunited with old friend Barry Trotz, with whom he has worked with since 1998. His position there will likely be similar to that he has performed with the Capitals this past season, overseeing Islanders goaltender operations, training, and performance.
He will work closely with Piero Greco who was named the Goaltending Coach in late July. As a new NHL coach, Korn will play a critical role helping Greco step into his new role.
Korn stepped down as the Capitals goalie coach last season rather than retire. The 60-year old Korn has been enjoying his time working with upcoming young players and their coaches. He should be able to continue to have the same flexibility.
Mitch Korn becomes part of a team that now includes three Stanley Cup winning coaches with Trotz and former Caps coach Lane Lambert. Also part of the Isles team are assistant coach John Gruden, who came on board in July 2018. He has Ontario Hockey League experience. Scott Gomez returns for his third season. This mix could be what the Islanders need to turn things around for them. The team found themselves with one of the worst Metropolitan Division records last season.