Ted Nolan’s no different than any other boss. Given a choice, he’d rather surround himself with people he knows and trusts. So it’s long been expected that he’d sweep out the staff he inherited from Ron Rolston last November.
That axe finally fell today in Buffalo where four of Rolston’s former assistant coaches were told they won’t be needed next season.
Among the casualties was Jim Corsi, the team’s goaltending coach for the past 16 seasons and a man revered by the advanced stats crowd for creating the eponymous rating that affixed value to shots for and against.
It’s hard to believe it was a competence issue with Corsi. Buffalo’s goalies posted a .918 save percentage, a decent number on its own that looks a whole lot better in the context of the team’s porous defense and the six-man deep goalie rotation that included three rookies.