Just got a Twitter update from good pal Jeremy Rutherford in St. Louis alerting the world that Ed Belfour is joining Peoria of the AHL as its new goalie consultant.
"Ed is one of the winningest goaltenders in National Hockey League history and we're thrilled to have him on our staff," Blues president John Davidson said in a news release.
"His knowledge of the position will be invaluable for our goaltenders in Peoria and the young goalies in our organization."
Belfour was definitely a different cat, but by most reports was a pretty respected teammate when he was with the Panthers. The guys on the team loved him, not only for his strong work ethic but for his off the ice personality (it was a jovial personality many of us never got to see).
When the Panthers traded for Tomas Vokoun in 2007, Belfour was deemed expendable as JM the GM turned to Craig Anderson to be Vokoun's backup.
Belfour didn't find work in the NHL and instead spent the 2007-08 season playing in Sweden. He didn't play last year although word was he wanted to. I had heard he was trying to get an invitation to someone's camp this year as well.
I really don't see Ed Belfour as a coach, but he definitely has the knowledge and if he has the passion for it, well, I bet he does just fine.
-- And no Ed Belfour story regarding the Panthers would be complete without this clip. A nice little trip down memory lane.
And yes, I know there are other stories I could bring up but I'm not going to do that. Not today.