Blues hire Corsi as new goaltending coach

News-DemocratMay 27, 2014 

It seems a bit ironic since former Buffalo Sabres goaltender Ryan Miller is no longer with the St. Louis Blues, but the Blues on Tuesday announced the hiring of longtime Sabres goaltending coach Jim Corsi.

Corsi, 59, spent 16 years with the Sabres, but he was let go by the club in April. He replaces former Blues goaltending coach Corey Hirsch, whose contract was not renewed.

While in Buffalo, Corsi helped goaltenders Dominik Hasek and Miller both win Vezina trophies. Hasek won in 1998-99 and 2000-01 and Miller won the honor in 2009-10.

Corsi is also the inventor of the "Corsi number," a ratings system for NHL goaltenders. It factors in many things, including all shot attempts --including ones that miss the net and even ones that hit the goalpost -- at even strength, as well as shots directed toward the opponents' goal.

"I was trying to measure the amount of work that a goalie does," Corsi said in a previous interview with The Sporting News. "What happened along the way, this fella, an engineer in California ... tied it into the work that players do, and he sorted it out in a way that reflects the work that players do. He was kind enough to say it was based on my work originally. Hence, we have this Corsi number."

The Blues decided to sign goalie Brian Elliott to a three-year contract extension and will also have top goaltending prospect Jake Allen in the NHL next season.

That paved the way for the exit of Miller, an unrestricted free agent.

Contact reporter Norm Sanders at 239-2454, nsanders@bnd.com or follow him on Twitter: @NormSanders

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