Goaltending guru Mitch Korn leaving the NY Islanders to rejoin Barry Trotz and the Nashville Predators

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The NY Islanders Director of Goaltending, Mitch Korn, has left the organization, rejoining Barry Trotz with the Nashville Predators.

Korn joined the Islanders in 2018 alongside Trotz, having an incredibly productive five seasons on Long Island.

"I've known and worked with Mitch for a long time, and we are happy to be welcoming back one of the great goaltending minds in the game of hockey," Trotz said. " He has an uncanny ability to communicate the language of goaltending to his players in a way that helps them easily understand that he is trying to make them better."

In his first season with the Islanders, Korn was the man behind the scenes for Robin Lehner and Thomas Greiss's William M. Jennings triumph as the duo to allow the fewest goals throughout the season. After Lehner's departure, Semyon Varlamov joined the fray, and soon after, Ilya Sorokin, all taking tremendous leaps in their careers under Korn. During his tenure on Long Island, Islander goaltenders led the league in shutouts (45)

Korn has been Trotz's guy when it comes to goaltending. He was part of Trotz's staff when he was the head coach in Nashville, following Trotz to the Washington Capitals, then the Islanders, and now back to Music City.

"I am incredibly excited to return to Nashville and the Predators organization," Korn said. " I last worked here 10 years ago, so I am looking forward to reconnecting with all the people who are still part of the Predators family, and to meeting and working with all those who have come on board since."

Korn's departure may come as a bit of a surprise to Lou Lamoriello, who said at his end-of-season press conference that he expected Korn to be back with the organization next season. As things currently stand, Piero Greco remains the Islanders' goaltending coach.