Ads have their goalie
With Brett Killar headed overseas and Philippe Desrosiers being part of the Dallas organization, Norfolk needs a goalie for the upcoming season. According to goalie Jamie Murray, that goalie is…Jamie Murray. In a tweet, Murray announced that he was “Taking [his] talents to Virginia Beach…Excited to sign with @NorfolkAdmirals,” a statement which locals will find of some delight.
Murray is coming into his second full ECHL season. Last year, he played 37 games with the juggernaut Allen Americans, posting a decent .904 save percentage. The role of starter went to Riley Gill, an ECHL vet who put up a .935 save percentage in 43 games en route to Goaltender of the Year honors. Gill is back for Allen, which means that the move to Norfolk provides Murray a chance to gain starter minutes
Philippe Desrosiers is an interesting case. The Stars goalie bounced back when he came to Norfolk, and he most likely occupies the ECHL slot in Dallas’ goalie depth chart. Ben Bishop and Kari Lehtonen will no doubt be the battery in the NHL, and it looks like former Ad Mike McKenna and second-year pro Landon Bow could be in line for a promotion. Bow is ahead of Desrosiers, in my opinion, because Bow stayed within the Dallas system in Idaho, while Desrosiers came to Norfolk. Dallas could theoretically send Desrosiers to the Ads. However, it’s unclear what Nashville is planning at this point with their goalies.
July promises to be an action-packed month for the Ads.