Goaltending hole, et cetera….
Having a good player in a developmental league means you’re probably going to lose them at some point. Such is the case with Ty Rimmer, who’s been a key backbone in the Admirals’ season. Rimmer picked up the award for ECHL Goaltender of the Week today, after a nice performance against South Carolina and his first shutout of the season in a visit to Greenville.
Right now, Rimmer’s numbers are decent. After his two stellar performances last week, Rimmer is 18th in the league with a .918SV% while playing the third most minutes in the league. Backup goaltending options have been few and far between for the Ads. Philippe Cadorette has played sparingly before being injured; he was less-than-effective when in net. Nick Riopel played surprisingly well after being traded from Rapid City; he’s been out with an injury. Tyler Beskorowany was a nice stopgap; he’s decided to go back to Germany.
Rimmer would be your starter Wednesday against Elmira…except he’s been recalled by Bakersfield. Thanks to a weird series of moves, the Condors need a back-up goalie. Laurent Brossoit has been effective for Bako, appearing in 15 games with a .926SV% and 3 shutouts. At one point, the backup was Eetu Laurikainen, who decided to go back home to Finland instead of plying his wares in Norfolk. Ben Scrivens-once thought to be the answer at 1G in Edmonton-cleared waivers and made his way to the backup spot in Bako.
Scrivens’ career in the AHL was pretty decent, especially when with the Marlies (he played the Ads in the 2012 Calder Cup Finals). Now, he’s not doing so well. Scrivens has posted a dismal .827SV% in 5 games, and his best performance is 27/30 against Texas. Scrivens’ precipitous fall is weird: the .890 for Edmonton doesn’t quite make sense. However, he had never played 57 games before, and especially not for a team as wretched as last year’s Oilers.
Scrivens may have aggravated an injury he had last season, it’s unclear. What is clear is the Condors need someone else to back-up Brossoit, and they believe Rimmer has earned the job. Bakersfield is currently 4th worst in the AHL’s Western Conference, and would not qualify for a playoff spot. They need wins, quickly. So do the Ads.
Right now, the Ads goaltending duo consists of Nick Riopel and Philippe Cadorette. Those facts could change before tomorrow night.
nic blanchard retires
Disappointing news here. Nic Blanchard, a late addition to the team, has decided to retire. The AHL vet posted 4 points in 4 games (two of them in one weekend) and was a solid addition to the lineup. He’s decided to hang them up, however. Norfolk is now missing a solid skater in their lineup, but there is some hope. Chase Schaber appears to be close to coming back and Maxime Legault is still on the roster. Josh Currie has played 8 out of 25 games on his PTO with Bakersfield, but I don’t see him coming back. Currie currently has 4 points in 8 games.
Adam Courchaine signed
Norfolk added another backstop today through a sign-and-trade with Wheeling. The Nailers added Adam Courchaine, who was then “traded” to the Ads for future considerations. Courchaine currently has a .911 save percentage for the Louisiana IceGators of the “Class A” Southern Professional Hockey League. Courchaine has spent the past two seasons in the SPHL, though he had stops in the ECHL and AHL as well. Courchaine’s last serious ECHL work came in 2011-12, when he posted a .908 save percentage in 34 games for the Alaska Aces. Courchaine’s signing signals Riopel is likely not healthy, and they also need someone to turn to based on Cadorette’s early performances.