The Thrashers have hired Clint Malarchuk as a goaltending consultant. Read Ben Wright's take here.
Ben points out that Malarchuk is best known as the goalie who narrowly avoided death on the ice when his carotid artery was cut by a skate blade in 1989. WARNING: GRAPHIC!
Ben also goes on to tell you the interesting detail that Big Shooter had previously passed along to us all- Daren Elliot was called up from the Sabres' minor league affiliate to back up Malarchuk's replacement after this incident. Elliot reasoned to himself that if someone almost dying was the only way he'd get called up to the NHL, it was time to retire and try broadcasting. We're all glad now that he did.
What I find interesting is that Dudley played with Malarchuk, coached him in Buffalo, and hired him as a goaltending coach in Florida. So now the Thrashers have Ramsey, Torchetti, and Malarchuk, all of whom worked for Dudley in the past.
In addition to that, we have Darren Elliot, who apparently was also briefly coached by Dudley when he was called up to the Sabres in 1989, though Elliot had been here all along.
Looking at the records of teams Dudley has managed in his career, I'm not sure that populating the Thrashers' organization with Dudley's old pals is such a good idea.
M. Peacock adds: Let's not forget that time Malarchuk shot himself by accident.