View Full Version : Penguins goaltenders coach Meloche expected to resign as Fleury ponders future

06-10-2013, 05:07 AM
Goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury doesn't know if he will return to the Penguins next season.

If he does, Fleury likely will do so under the guidance of a new goaltenders coach.

Gilles Meloche is expected to formally request his resignation this week.

Meloche, goaltending coach for the past seven seasons, will inform general manager Ray Shero this week of plans to resign. He is expected to take another role — perhaps as a professional scout — with the Penguins, with whom he has spent 27 seasons. Meloche, 62, wants to spend more time in his native Montreal.

Mike Bales, 40, is the leading candidate to replace Meloche. Bales has spent the past two seasons as goaltending coach at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, the Penguins' AHL affiliate. He has worked closely with player-development coach Bill Guerin, who over the past year has emerged as a leading voice among Shero's hockey operations staff.

Should Fleury return next season — two years remain on his contract, and coach Dan Bylsma emphatically pronounced Fleury as the team's No. 1 goalie next season Sunday — solving what has apparently become a mental block in the playoffs will be atop any new goaltenders coach's list of fixes................

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