Rob Madore Assigned to Cincinnati

Rob Madore was stellar for the Cincinnati Cyclones in the ECHL Kelly Cup Playoffs last season. Despite being on the losing side of the final he earned the playoff MVP honors. (Photo Credit: Cincinnati Cyclones // Facebook)

The trifecta of goalies that the Milwaukee Admirals had in camp has just been put into perspective. The Admirals will start the season with Magnus Hellberg and Marek Mazanec in net with today’s news that Rob Madore will be assigned to the Cincinnati Cyclones of the ECHL.

Press Release via Milwaukee Admirals:

Milwaukee, WI–The Admirals announced today that the team has assinged goaltender Rob Madore to the Cincinnati Cyclones of the ECHL.

Signed to an AHL deal in the off-season, Madore led the Clones to the 2014 Kelly Cup Finals, where he was selected as the playoff MVP after posting a 14-7-3 mark with a 2.29 goals against average and .930 save percentage. He became the first player in ECHL history to win the award as a member of the losing team.

The 26-year old Pittsburgh native played a combined eight games with the San Antonio Rampage and Charlotte Checkers last year, including three against the Admirals. In those three contests he went 1-1 allowing five goals on 51 shots. In 17 career AHL games Madore has a 6-7 record while posting a .933 save percentage and allowing 2.32 goals per game.

The Admirals open up the 2014-15 season on Friday, October 10th at 7:00 pm versus the Charlotte Checkers at the BMO Harris Bradley Center.

In talking with head coach Dean Evason following Friday night’s pre-season contest I had the impression that this was no easy decision to make. Madore finished so strongly last season and appeared to show very well in Predators and Admirals pre-season camps. Could we be looking at this year’s Scott Darling? We may well be.

Did the Admirals send the right goalie to the ECHL? Was this a move protecting Nashville Predators property more than selecting the best man for the job? Which goalie would have been more likely to go to Cincinnati, Hellberg or Mazanec?

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6 thoughts on “Rob Madore Assigned to Cincinnati”

  1. Was this a move protecting Nashville Predators property more than selecting the best man for the job? 

    Yes it was. Hellberg better play better than last season, though, or I don’t think there will be any hesitation in switching Hellberg and Madore.

  2. @Fan in the Falls I couldn’t agree more! I was initially a fan of Magnus (who doesn’t love that name) but after watching him a few times I realized there wasn’t much there. Darling became just that to me. Where did he go? I haven’t seen Madore play but look forward to him making an appearance in MKE hopefully sometime this season.

  3. I was a big fan of Darling and very happy when he earned his NHL two-way contract this past offsean. Unfortunately for the Admirals, that contract was with the Chicago Blackhawks, so he’ll be playing this season with the Rockford Ice Hogs.

    I would like to see Madore play with the Ads this season as well. Not because I want to see Magnus do poorly, just because of how great Madore was with Cincy during the Kelly Cup playoffs last season.

  4. Same thing happened a few years back with Jeremy Smith. Went down to Cincy won the cup and came back better. Nice to see Smith play preseason with the Bruins

  5. Hey anyone here know of a decent place to watch the opening of the NHL in MKE east of I43?
    Please no McGillicuddy referrals (still have a chip on my shouldees with the blackhawks since Wirtz nixed MKE prospect of landing an NHL team.

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