The Pack take the ice tonight against division rival the Adirondack Phantoms. The team is in the middle of a horrendously, poorly played, embarrassing losing streak. Five losses in a row including a shutout loss to the Phantoms last Friday night. The team has literally gone from first in the Eastern Conference to Last place in the Eastern Conference since the season began.
There are plenty of issues on the team. The team is young it has been pointed out by many within the organization, they also lost their starting goaltender Cam Talbot whom was called up to back up the Ranger net in New York. The loss of Talbot has to be one reason why the Pack have given up 79 goals in 24 contests. There are only four AHL teams that have given up more than that amount.
They have offensive issues too, the team has been shut out five times this year already and is only averaging 2.45 goals a game. That’s the third worst offensive output in the AHL, they are about as offensive as their parent club has been in the NHL.
I guess General Manager Jim Schoenfeld felt he had to make a move and to be honest I think he made a great one. He brought back the Hartford fan MVP of the 2010-11 season. Dov Grummet-Morris who has an interesting name, an interesting style of play in net, and he even has an interesting background. He played for Harvard and has been an AHL veteran playing in nine seasons. Team General Manager, Schoenfeld obtained the veteran goaltender for future considerations.
Grumet-Morris played only 22 games in 2010-11 for the Connecticut Whale, he held a 13-5-1 record during that time and also had a low goals against average with a 2.12 average. It was a short amount of playing time in 2010 but he literally led that team to a playoff spot and this year it looks like the Pack would like him to do the same. Losing Talbot so quickly may have been too soon for Jason Missiaen, Scott Stajcer and Jeff Malcolm. If the coaching staff was very confident in any of those three they probably would not have had to go out and get a veteran goal tender. The trio of young goaltenders have been rotating through games with no clear number one to take over the net.
Grummet-Morris will provide a much needed veteran presence between the pipes, but will that be enough to get the Pack back into the top eight within the Eastern Conference? He sure has his work cut out for him on this ride in Hartford.