Welcome to Caps 'Round the Clock, a blog covering the Washington Capitals and the NHL. In season, I update the Blog after every practice and on game day with Caps news and information, and then provide a recap and analysis after each contest. I also write a periodical Prospect Watch and weekly feature pieces on the state of the Men in Red and other things Capitals. And of course, I will post videos and tidbits from around the League and offer my two cents as the season wears on. In the offseason, I write a Report Card for each player, and will keep you updated on all the news about the Caps through the summer. I'm glad you're here, and hope you come back!

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Caps Name Olaf Kolzig Associate Goaltending Coach

As first reported by Mike Vogel early Thursday, the Washington Capitals have hired former goalie and all-time fan favorite Olie Kolzig to be the teams' associate goalie coach.  The move also promotes scout and former assistant Dave Prior to head goaltending coach to accommodate for the loss of Arturs Irbe, who left the coaching staff a week ago citing "personal reasons."
According to Caps reporter Stephen Whyno, Kolzig will be expected to work with the teams' three (possibly two) excellent young goalies next year full time.  Kolzig has said that he feels he compares best to Holtby in terms of playing style and energy on the ice.
I love this move.  I think Olie is a class act and though he went out kind of sourly, he's still the best goalie this franchise has ever had and will be the fifth retired number to be raised into the rafters possibly as soon as next season.  Kolzig was obviously an outstanding goalie and he should be great for all of the masked men in DC's system in many ways.  This is where he belongs, period.

In other reading from 24/7 day, take a look at my evaluations of John Carlson and Nicklas Backstrom.

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