The Vancouver Canucks hired former goaltender Dan Cloutier as a goaltending consultant this past July.
“There’s a number of goaltenders in our system and [goalie coach] Rollie Melanson doesn’t have enough hours in the day to attend to the needs of all of our goaltending assets,” Canucks assistant general manager Laurence Gilman told the Vancouver Sun in September.“The analogy that we would use is baseball teams having a roving coach for catchers that move up and down the organization.
“Dan will serve that role and spend some time with our [minor league] goaltenders like Eddie Lack and Joe Cannata in addition to checking in with goaltenders that we have playing in either junior or college.”
He worked with the goalies at the 2012 Prospect Summer Development Camp and again at Chicago Wolves training camp in September, but what has Cloutier been up to more recently?
This past November, Cloutier spent five days in Independence working with Mathieu Corbeil of the Missorui Mavericks of the Central Hockey League, one of the affiliates of the Chicago Wolves.
Mavericks head coach Scott Hillman was appreciative of the Canucks sending Cloutier to work with Corbeil, a goaltender they do not own the rights to. Corbeil says he enjoyed the time working with Cloutier.
“It’s been great,” Corbeil told the Examiner. “I have not worked with a goaltending coach since [training camp in] Chicago.
“It’s wonderful to have another set of eyes watching me in the net. I’m a big guy [6-foot-6] and he talks about maintaining control in the net and keeping control in the game.”
Cloutier sounded excited with Corbeil’s progress.
“I’ve really enjoyed working with Mathieu,” Cloutier said. “I have [seen] some real improvement. He is a big guy, 6-6, and the net is 4-by-6, so he has to use his size to his advantage.
“We worked on all the little small things that make you a better goalie. I believe he will improve game by game, practice by practice. I can’t wait to see him towards the end of the season.”
Corbeil does not have a NHL contract with the Canucks, but has a contract with the Wolves. Players signed to AHL contracts are assigned to the Mavericks while those with NHL contracts are assigned to the Kalamazoo Wings of the ECHL.
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