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New York Islanders hire Piero Greco as goaltending coach

With the hire of Piero Greco as goaltending coach, the New York Islanders are on the cusp of finalizing their coaching staff for the 2018-19 season.

The New York Islanders announced on Wednesday morning that the goalie coach of the 2018 Calder Cup champion Toronto Marlies, Piero Greco, has joined Barry Trotz’s staff.

As the goaltending coach of the Toronto Marlies for the last four seasons, Greco was a major influence in the Marlies’ goaltending success with starter Garret Sparks and backup Calvin Pickard finishing first and seventh overall in goals against averages respectively.

Greco’s resume prior to the Marlies includes time coaching in the OHL with the Owen Sound Attack, Barrie Colts and the Kitchener Rangers.

With the hire of Greco on the NHL staff, this indeed signals the end of Fred Brathwaite’s tenure with the organization. Brathwaite’s departure leaves only Scott Gomez as the lone survivor of Doug Weight’s coaching hires of 2017.

It’s likely Gomez remains with the Islanders organization through next season. The Islanders’ powerplay in 2017-18 was not only the sixth best in the NHL, but the first time the Islanders had a percentage over 20 in well over a decade.

For those disappointed the headline reads “Piero Greco” and not “Mitch Korn,” don’t be. Korn served as the Capitals’ director of goaltending last season, and though rumors have settled down considerably since then the door is very much open should Korn decide to join Trotz’s staff this season.

Though transactions on the roster-end have stalled, the Islanders’ are silently owning the offseason in terms of a front-office overhaul.

Greco is the latest addition to a staff brimming with a pedigree of success eager to get started for the rapidly approaching season.

Grew up a diehard Islanders and Mets fan based out of Northern New Jersey. Concluding my Broadcast Communications degree at William Paterson University. WP Sportsdesk member, Stan Fischler correspondent, music buff and total Star Wars freak. Follow my social media handles to learn more. Matt Di Giacomo is a Staff Writer for the Islanders on Elite Sports NY. He encourages team discussion. Tweet him @mdigiacESNY and check out his reviews on YouTube.