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?