'Just when you think you're out, they drag you back in'

'Just when you think you're out, they drag you back in'
June 24, 2014, 7:00 pm
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Shortly after being named goaltending coach of the Capitals, Mitch Korn took part in a conference call with reporters Tuesday night.

Here are some highlights:

Olie Kolzig situation: Korn said he has spoken with Olie Kolzig and is trying to find a way to utilize Kolzig’s input as a scout and coach while still allowing him to satisfy his responsibilities as a parent. “Olie will be a part of what we do, that decision has been made and everybody’s on board. We’re just trying to figure it out.”

Pulled from retirement: Korn confirmed his contract with the Capitals begins on July 1. He said he planned on retiring following his 15th season in Nashville, but when Barry Trotz took the head coaching job in Washington and asked him to be his goalie coach, he decided to follow him.

“Honestly, I was ready to retire, “ he said. “It’s like the line from the Godfather. ‘Just when you think you’re out they drag you back in.’ Barry is like family and when family asks you to help, you respond.”

Who makes the call: Korn said he and Trotz rarely get in arguments over goalies, even when Trotz chooses to go with a different goalie than Korn recommends. “Barry Trotz doesn’t have an egotistical bone in his body,” he said. “When he makes a decision there are no agendas.”

[MORE: Ovechkin has 'straight talk' with coach Trotz]

Stabilizing Holtby: Korn described Caps goalie Braden Holtby as very focused, very cerebral, blessed with a big body and great athleticism, but added he’s now had four coaches in four years. “We hope we can make him an elite goalie in the National Hockey League without putting too much pressure on him by making that statement.”

Strange props: Korn said he has already ordered mini pucks and white pucks and will begin using them with the Capitals’ goalies at training camp.

Free agency: Korn was instrumental in the development of Tomas Vokoun, helping him to learn how to deal with obsessive compulsive disorder while both were with the Predators. Korn said he has a “fantastic” relationship with Vokoun but would not speculate on whether the Capitals would be interested in signing him as a free agent.